The Independent National Electoral Commission has declared Nollywood actor, Desmond Elliot, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, as winner of the Surulere 1 state Constituency election in Lagos State.
The Returning Officer, Dr. Bolajoko Dixon-Ogbechi from the University of Lagos, made the declaration on Sunday at the Surulere Local Government Collation Centre in Lagos.
She said Elliot emerged winner with 15,357 votes, while Mr. Benjamin Olasunkanmi, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, came second with 3,628 votes.
“That Desmond Olusola Elliot of APC, having satisfied the requirements of the law and scored the highest number of votes, is hereby declared winner and is returned elected.”
According to her, Mr. Shitta-Bey Oluwarotimi of Alliance for Democracy (AD) came third with 116 votes; Mr Dawodu Oluwaseyi of Accord Party came fourth with 65 votes while Mr Makanjuola Olaseni of YP came fifth with 59 votes.
Dixon-Ogbechi said that the total number of registered voters in the constituency was 134939, accredited voters were 20340.
Valid votes – 19357 while the total number of rejected votes was 973.
“The total number of votes cast is 20330 while the results of six units at Igbaja/Stadium with RA number 06 were cancelled due to over voting.
“So, the total number of votes cancelled in the affected areas were 4091, ” she said.
Reacting to the news, some Nigerians took to twitter to question his victory.
Read some of the reactions below;
Desmond Elliot wining again is just the worst.
Meanwhile, more toilet to his people ✌
— Franklin 🕊 (@Kenechukwu_F) March 10, 2019
Last week on twitter : Desmond Elliot did nothing, he commissioned ordinary toilet for the past 4 years. We are voting him out. Never again.
Today, Inec : having satisfied the rule of law and having highest number of votes, i hereby declare Desmond Elliot as the winner.
— Olorode Folafoluwa Oluwatumilara (@Ballofolli) March 10, 2019
literally forgot Desmond Elliot was a politician..what a waste of space & opportunity
— Name cannot be blank (@oria_bure) March 10, 2019
After all the downgrading, Desmond Elliot still won. This is life, is beauriful
— NO. 1 CITIZEN FRN (@joke_omo) March 10, 2019
So Desmond Elliot finished voting, was leaving, and area boys wanted money. He decided to ignore them, and in return, they attacked his vehicle and broke the windscreen.
This nonsense we have enabled…
— Chxta (@Chxta) March 9, 2019