Nigerian movie star, Desmond Elliot, has won his bid to represent the people of Surulere constituency as their Member of Parliament. Desmond defeated his close contender, Bayo Smith, of Peoples Democratic Party.
Desmond was vying under the banner of All Progressive Congress Party.
The movie star on Saturday, April 11 poll, garnered 23,141 votes against Bayo’s 12,546 to be declared the winner.
According to a Nigerian online magazine, The Independent National Electoral Commission Returning Officer, Dr Mariam Quadri, made the declaration at the Surulere Collation Centre.
“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,” Quadri said.
In a photo posted on twitter by one of his jubilant supporters, Desmond was seen being bathed with drinks and water to celebrate his victory.
In a post on his social media pages, the 41-year-old expressed gratitude to his supporters saying, “Thank you to all who made it possible. The battle of who wins is over. Let’s begin the battle of how to bless our people and our nation. We must not disappoint our people.”
Desmond has featured in over 200 Nigerian films, and is a well-known actor in Kenya.
Actor Desmond Elliot advice Nigerians on governance
Desmond Elliot, Nollywood actor has advice Nigerians to channel their passion and energy towards the election of credible leaders same way they did with the just conclude Big Brother Naija `See Gobee’ reality TV show.
The lawmaker who shared it on the posted a photo of the winner of the competition, Efe with the caption, “just a few lessons I believe we as a nation, a people can learn from “We are all different in thoughts, actions and behaviour but unique in many ways .Just as they tolerated one another we also should learn to do same. “If we put in half as much interest and energy that we did in #bigbrothernaija2017, into those we elect into public offices (including yours truly).
“ Naija would be a much better place being governed by our people of choice. Nigerians are not as illiterate as we portray ourselves to be, obvious the masses vote for EFE. “ Many flew out of the country to witness his “coronation” and KNEW EXACTLY what they wanted and they GOT IT. “It pays to always be yourself at all times, never let “them turn you to who (you’re) not. Bottom line if you cannot influence them, do not join them!!! “Congratulations to Efe, may God grant you the wisdom to manage this… all of these so you come out tops in all your endeavors. Amen. I sign out.’’ Elliot who is a ‘ONE’ ambassador was present at the grand finale where he was a co – presenter of the award for best presentation on the ONE campaign.
The award went to Bisola Aiyeola who was the first runner up while Tokunbo ‘Tboss’ Idowu, the second runner up won the prize for being the best in the Payporte arena games.