Desmond Elliot, an actor and politician, has come under intense criticism on social media over his defensive stance on godfatherism in politics.
The movie star, who contested and won the Surulere constituency in 2015, had earlier spoken about his incursion into the country’s political scene during an interview ahead of Edo state election.
In the now-viral footage, he berated Godwin Obaseki, Edo governor, for adopting “Edo no be Lagos” as his re-election mantra, describing his own political career as being a product of godfatherism.
His statement has since opened the floodgates of negative reactions on social media platforms, particularly Twitter, where users have been expressing their disappointment.
“It’s obvious, we all saw the public toilet you constructed as constituency project for undisclosed amount of money. It is however a crying shame that you are proud to stroke your chains of slavery in public. Lagos is dysfunctional & can’t be a yardstick for Edo!,” Segun Awosanya wrote.
“Desmond Elliot is destroying the process that cemented the ‘not too young to run’ agenda, I’ve said it that the youths in govt today are the most useless leaders, Yahaya bello, bashir Ahmed, Desmond Elliot, akin Alabi etc. Very unfortunate that the future blinks,” another user wrote.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
It’s obvious, we all saw the public toilet you constructed as constituency project for undisclosed amount of money. It is however a crying shame that you are proud to stroke your chains of slavery in public. Lagos is dysfunctional & can’t be a yardstick for Edo! #PutAsuckOnIt https://t.co/g5L6LSO3Tq
— SEGA L'éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) September 12, 2020
The next Nollywood actor that wants to go into elective office in Nigeria will suffer the consequences of this man’s actions and utterances.
They usually speak like they know the problem of Nigeria and how to solve it. So far, Desmond Elliot has been a gigantic disappointment pic.twitter.com/8VrdDHXMSi
— Emmysiasia (@ECOnuoha) September 12, 2020
Desmond Elliot is destroying the process that cemented the 'not too young to run' agenda, I've said it that the youths in govt today are the most useless leaders, Yahaya bello, bashir Ahmed, Desmond Elliot, akin Alabi etc. Very unfortunate that the future blinks.
— Oluwaphemy (@Oluwaphemy8) September 11, 2020
I’m a product of Tinubu's godfatherism. Edo must be like Lagos.
Desmond Elliot on @thecableng
The more I read his quotes, I lose hope for the younger generation.
Is this Omoale amongst the youths we are trying to elevate ?
For me, there is no difference
— DEMAGOGUE PhD.💘senior advocat🎓 (@von_Bismack) September 11, 2020
Desmond Elliot is a disgusting disgrace to the “not too young to run movement”. His comments on Edo politics is distasteful. He should have kept his foolishness in Lagos. Edo is for PDP for the next 4years. He should keep commissioning toilets In Lagos. #EdoNoBeLagos
— Fames🇳🇬🇺🇲 (@eronsjohnson) September 11, 2020
Desmond Elliot said nothing is wrong with godfatherism, and he's good at acting ooo… don't know he's this clueless 😥 pic.twitter.com/mSQtySiMC4
— YBNL mafia & Ronaldo fan✌️🇳🇬 (@simply_sunnery) September 11, 2020
I listened to the interview and I was disappointed.
He should have just kept quiet.
Desmond Elliot is a shame to the Not Too Young to Run agenda.
This guy that commissioned a Toilet for his constituency and installed hand washing station at motor parks with his banners. https://t.co/RA5BjDDZ1n
— Ogbemudia Eddy Uwoghiren (@Eddykurrent) September 11, 2020
This Desmond Elliot no get active Twitter handle to see all these yabbies?
— Dann_essy (@Dann_10) September 11, 2020
Chaiiiii Naija Twitter, if them open heaven gate, una too go follow people enter? 😂😂😂😂 what are those projects Desmond Elliot abused… sorry… commissioned? 😂 https://t.co/TaNmfCw0x4
— FS Yusuf, AMIIM (#TPACT) (@FS_Yusuf_) September 11, 2020
See Desmond Elliot and Oluremi Tinubu's constituency. The benefactors of Lagos Godfatherism project of APC. https://t.co/DxivqPV3iM
— Olaudah Equiano® (@RealOlaudah) September 12, 2020
Politics has reduced Desmond Elliot to level of MC oluomo . Shameless bloke . https://t.co/CjRUMJeGYd
— ONYEDIKACHUKWU ANAMBRA (@OnyedikaAnambra) September 11, 2020
When klint the drunk called Desmond Elliot Desmond Idiot at a comedy show far back as 2008/2009, man was actually spitting facts. Desmond na Idiot true true
— Kalakuta Republic🌍💨 (@Huncho104) September 11, 2020
This is what Desmond Elliot, a handsome incompetent man, who represents Surulere Constituency in Lagos commissioned for his constituents during Covid-19 pandemic. Zero ingenuity. Avenue to multiply COVID-19 infections. Edo can never be Lagos indeed. Dividends of Godfatherism. pic.twitter.com/hPjIKUtoq3
— Unu Amaro Kam Siri Kwado (@AfamDeluxo) September 12, 2020
Desmond Elliot Said God fatherism is Good
Yahayo Bello is Owing civil servants
Elisha Abbo is busy slapping women up and down
Now tell me , is age really our problem in leadership? pic.twitter.com/py2MTRgblO
— O.V.A.tion™ (@Dre_Ova) September 11, 2020
Edo Can Be Lagos & Godfatherism Is Not A Bad Thing.
Desmond Elliot Said..
Below, fruit and dividend of Godfatherism… pic.twitter.com/sZcRj0R8Hs
— Harrison (@harrisonmbamara) September 11, 2020
Desmond Elliot is a disgrace
— Raymond (@IamTheIroko) September 11, 2020
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