Fact Check: Olumide Oworu is not Labour Party’s candidate in Desmond Elliot’s constituency in Lagos

Barely 24 hours to the governorship and state assembly elections across the country, fresh claims have emerged that Olumide Oworu is not the real candidate of Labour Party (LP) for Surulere LGA 1, in the Lagos house of assembly.

Recall that after the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was defeated in Lagos by Peter Obi’s Labour Party, there has been an increasing threat for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to retain power in the state ahead of Saturday’s poll.

While the state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is desperately fighting to retain his seat, the state house of assembly candidates in the party are having sleepless night as well.

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For the House of Assembly poll, the race for Surulere constituency (One) in the Lagos State House of Assembly is a political battle to watch. It is called the battle of actors or ‘Obidients’ test of popularity as Veteran actor Desmond Elliot and his junior colleague Olumide Oworu, would be on the frontlines.

Oworu, a Nigerian actor, model and rapper, was born December 11, 1994. He attended King’s College, Lagos. He graduated from Babcock University in June 2017. Oworu commenced his acting career at the age of six with the television series Everyday People. He is also known for his role of Tari in the Africa Magic Series The Johnsons. He also starred in other television series such as The Patriot, The Men In Her Life, Hammer, Stolen Waters, and New Son. He portrayed the character ‘Weki’ in MTV Base’s Shuga series, seasons 3 and 4.

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The young actor recently followed the footstep of his senior colleagues as he unveiled his political ambition having secured the ticket of the Labour Party (LP) to contest for a seat in the Lagos House of Assembly. The 28-year-old mass communication graduate is vying for Surulere Constituency 1 seat, a position occupied for the last eight years by Elliot.

Elliot of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been a member of the state House of Assembly since 2015. He defeated Bayo Smith, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to clinch the seat.

On March 16, 2023, who is a greenhorn politically, but riding on the sweeping and growing acceptability of Obi’s Labour Party in Nigeria’s political space, especially in Lagos State, was reportedly attacked by thugs who disrupted his campaign in the Iponri area of Surulere, where one person was said to have been injured.

However, fresh findings have revealed that Oworu isn’t the real candidate for the Labour Party in the Surulere 1 Constituency of Lagos.

A check in the list of candidates for national election – House of Assembly in Lagos released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Olumide Oworu is nowhere to be found.

The name of the Labour Party candidate for the Surulere 1 Constituency in Lagos on the INEC list is Bode Oluwagbemiga Adedayo.

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Further checks revealed that Oworu is not a voter in the consistency he is vying to become a lawmaker.

According to Oworu’s voter registration details on the INEC portal, he meant to vote at Lagos Mainland Local Government.

Registration Area (Ward): Olaleye Village.

Polling Unit: Iponrin Grammar School.

Meanwhile, Elliot, according to the INEC candidate list, remains the APC candidate for the Surulere Constituency 1 in Lagos.

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