Desmond Elliot, a Nigerian filmmaker turned politician, has cleared the air on the construction of a wooden bridge known as the ‘pako bridge’ for residents in his constituency.
When asked about the popular wooden bridge with his photo attached, the actor clarified during an interview on TVC’s Your View show.
Remember that the lawmaker was dragged online in 2020 for poor bridge construction and toilet commissioning in the Surulere community.
Desmond, on the other hand, said he went to the area to console a mother who had lost her 13-year-old daughter in a canal.
According to him, while on their way to Shitta to retrieve the girl’s body, the bridge that crossed the canal was very fragile, and the residents begged him to help them rebuild it.
The thespian stated that he donated N800,000 to the community for the bridge and that they eventually reached out to him and insisted on putting his picture on the bridge to show their gratitude.
Desmond stated that the bridge is no longer in good condition and that he has brought it to the attention of the state government to be repaired.
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Desmond Elliot: Knocks from OAP Do2dtun, others over transformer donation days ahead of election
Nollywood actor cum politician, Desmond Elliot has received knocks from Media Personality, Do2tun and others for gifting transformers to his constituency days ahead of the elections.
Recall ahead of Saturday’s March 18th election, Desmond Elliot who is running for a third term as lawmaker for Lagos State House of Assembly, Surulere Constituency had donated transformers to his constituency.
The two-term incumbent Surulere representative revealed on social media that he had commissioned the installment of high-capacity transformers in Surulere. Desmond Elliot said:
“This is to bring reliable electricity to communities that have long needed it”.
The recipients of the transformers include, Somade Crescent, Main street, Clegg street, James Robertson, Akerele, Martins Street and Tafawa Balewa.
“I am excited to announce that new high-capacity transformers have been installed in Surulere, bringing reliable electricity to communities that have long needed it.”
Reacting via his Twitter page, Do2dtun noted how Desmond Elliot was only making a donation to buy his constituency’s votes. The OAP raised eyebrow over how Desmond, who couldn’t buy a power bank for his constituency was donating 8 transformers all at once.
He added that it is obvious Desmond Elliot doesn’t care. Do2dtun said:
“Desmond that couldn’t but a power bank for his constituency suddenly buys 8 transformers all at once few days to the Election. Isn’t it obvious that these guys don’t care”.
This is coming after Lagos youths in Surulere had vowed to come en masse to vote out Desmond Elliot, during the upcoming state elections, from his political post as a lawmaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Surulere Constituency.
The youths are upset that since Desmond Elliot was sworn into office on 11 April 2015, he allegedly hasn’t produced any positive outcome, especially in Surulere. To make matters worse, he turned his back on the youths during the END Sars protest in 2020, by pushing for a bill to regulate and control speech on social media at the Lagos State house of assembly. See more reactions below: