Desmond Elliot: From Nollywood to Parliament
Nollywood actor Desmond Elliot is set to become a law maker after he won a parliamentary seat in the just concluded elections in Nigeria.
On Sunday, Nigerian media reported that Elliot, who ran on an All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket, floored his opponent Mr Bayo Smith of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raking in 23,141 against to his rival’s 12,546 votes to clinch the Surulere Constituency seat.
A Nigerian online magazine quoted an Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec) official “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.”
On his Twitter account @deselliot, the 41-year old actor with 199,000 Twitter followers shared celebratory photos, and retweeted posts celebrating his triumphant entry into politics.
The acclaimed actor took to his Facebook page to brush aside allegations that he bribed authorities to take the constituency seat.
“Please disreguard (sic) any news of me sharing money or bribing officers for my election, I didn’t bribe my way to where God has placed me,” wrote the film actor and producer attracting more than 850 reactions.
Having featured in over 200 Nigerian films, the Lagos State University educated Mr Eliot is a household name in Kenya.
He stars alongside Kenyan actors in Santalal, a soap drama series that airs on Citizen TV where he plays the role of a prospecting investor interested in striking deals with a county official.