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Mercy Johnson under fire for endorsing Gov. Sanwo-OluMercy Johnson under fire for endorsing Gov. Sanwo-Olu

Popular Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, faces backlash for endorsing the incumbent governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for a second term.

The actress took to her Instagram page to announce Babajide Sanwo-Olu as her choice to vote in the recently postponed gubernatorial election.

Stating her reasons for being willing to vote the governor for a second term, Mercy Johnson insisted that the work of his administration is visible and verifiable.

“This is why my choice is Governor Babajide Sanwoolu; His efforts that have improved healthcare, women’s development, transportation, entrepreneurship, education, and infrastructure in Lagos State.

Key points for me include the handling of the Covid 19 pandemic, entrepreneurship support and all the work behind the scenes helping women who have been victims of domestic violence to supporting their entrepreneurship.

His results can be seen and measured. Yes, there is still a lot of work left to do, I believe in my heart that he can and will do as he says,” she wrote.

Netizens, however, lambasted the actress for throwing her weight behind Sanwo-Olu even though she maintained non-partisan during the presidential election.

Reactions to Mercy Johnson’s Support for Sanwo-Olu

@susu_ituen“Just wondering if you also advertised your own presidential candidate like this? I guess that would have affected your husbands election now his own is out of the way (road clear) Omo everything is politics that’s why I hate this game – hate it mehn.”

@debbyfooties__: “That’s your choice. But I want you all celebrities to know that without “us” the citizens that support you, you guys are NOTHING. If you really love us and appreciate us, how hard is it for you guys to at least support the candidates that care for us and will treat us well?? Most of y’all care about only your pockets… because of course, you can leave the country at any time. May the lord judge you all.”

@fade4real_“If he is your choice, go out and vote him on Saturday, we don’t need this announcement, it’s to your pocket, opportunity to always have access to Governor tomorrow, we are wiser now.”

@tiana_ambrose“Aunty get sense she no gree campaign for their Presidential candidate because she no wan make her husband fail,as Oga don win she don get moral.”


Sanwo-Olu declares work-free days for Lagos residents and explains why.

The Lagos State Government, led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has declared a four-day work holiday for public employees in order for them to collect their Permanent Voter Cards at their respective local government/local council development areas across the state.

Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu

This was confirmed in a circular issued on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, by the Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

He explained that the work-free day would begin on Tuesday, January 24, and end on Friday, January 27, 2023, for different grade levels of government employees.

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Muri-Okunola said, “Consequent upon the extension of the collection of Permanent Voters’ Cards by the Independent National Electoral Commission, it is hereby notified for the general information that all public servants who are yet to collect their Permanent Voters’ Cards from designated INEC Centers are encouraged to do so before Sunday, January 29, 2023, as it is a civic responsibility to vote.

“To this end, Mr Governor has graciously approved a work-free day to enable public servants to collect their PVCs from their respective local government/local council development areas as presented in the table below.”

The dates include Tuesday, January 24, 2023, for grade levels 01, 03, 07 and 15; Wednesday, January 25, 2023, for grade levels 02, 04, 08 and 13; Thursday, January 26, 2023, for grade levels 05, 09, 12, and 17; and Friday, January 27, 2023, for grade levels 06, 10, 14 and 16.

Muri-Okunola said enjoined accounting officers to excuse their officers in respective grade levels on the designated days.

“Consequently, accounting officers and all public servants are to ensure compliance whilst giving this circular the service-wide publicity it deserves,” he said.

The deadline for collecting Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) has been extended by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Sunday, January 29, 2023.