Nollywood actor cum politician, Desmond Elliot has won the Surulere constituency 1 at the Lagos state house of assembly. The governorship and state assembly elections were conducted nationwide on Saturday 18th March 2023 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). While the election is now at sorting and collation stages, however, some polling units that experience technological glitches were rescheduled till Sunday.
The Surulere constituency I seat was one of those keenly contested. The leading candidates are those of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and that of the Labour Party (LP). After final collation of results, Desmond Elliot came tops with 17,877 votes while candidate of the Labour Party came second with 7,822 votes. Desmond was declared winner by INEC and will be representing Surulere constituency 1 at the Lagos state house of assembly.
However, Desmond Elliot has condemned the attack on Labour Party opponent in Lagos Olumide Oworu by thugs. The lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly representing Surulere Constituency, has condemned the attack on the campaign team of his Labour Party opponent, Olumide Oworu.
Hoodlums had attacked some supporters of the Labour Party (LP) in the Surulere area of Lagos on Thursday, injuring some members of the party. Oworu tweeted, on Thursday, that thugs invaded his campaign rally which was held on Tuesday at Iponri, Surulere.
He wrote; “My team and I were attacked on Tuesday as we attempted to campaign at Iponri, Surulere. A member of my team was injured, but we are thankful the incident didn’t escalate past the level it was. The case has been reported at the Iponri police station.
“I am not deterred by the incident. Instead, I am more committed to seeing this through. We will pass through the wards in constituency 1 (Akinhanmi/Cole, Adeniran/Ogunsanya, Iponri Housing Estate/Eric Moore, Igbaja/Stadium, Shitta/Ogunlana Drive, Yaba/Ojuelegba). See you outside!”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the Tuesday attack, saying, “I can confirm that but I don’t have all the details yet.”
In a statement shared via his verified Facebook page on Friday, the All Progressives Congress candidate and incumbent Surulere Constituency Representative Desmond Elliot tagged Olumide Oworu’s attackers as “overzealous political jobbers masquerading as party supporters.”
The statement in part read; “The attention of the Media Office of Hon. Olushola Desmond Elliot has been drawn to the senseless attack on the supporters of the Labour Party in Surulere by suspected thugs and overzealous political jobbers masquerading as party supporters.
“Desmond Elliot has reiterated at several fora in the build-up to the general election that he will never be a party to any move that seeks to undermine the peaceful coexistence that we currently enjoy in Lagos State as citizens under the able leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.” He further condemned “in strong terms,” the act of violence, and enjoined residents of the state to remain peaceful and law abiding.
However, during the collation of voting results at the Surulere constituency I, Desmond Elliot’s rival, Olumide Oworu name was not on the ballot. The supposed candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for Surulere Constituency I, Olumide Oworu was not on the ballot paper in the just concluded state assembly election that held on Saturday 18th March 2023.
Checks by our reliable source on the official declaration of result sheet for the constituency showed Adebayo Bode and not Olumide Oworu as candidate of the party.
According to reports, the candidates were enmeshed in legal a case that wasn’t resolved till build up to the elections. After final collation of results, Desmond Elliot came tops with 17,877 votes while candidate of the Labour Party, Adebayo Bode came second with 7,822 votes.
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