Actress, Mercy Johnson, is facing backlash for endorsing the incumbent governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for a second term in the recently postponed gubernatorial election.
In an announcement made on her Instagram page, the actress stated that her choice to vote for the governor was based on the visible and verifiable work of his administration in areas such as healthcare, women's development, transportation, entrepreneurship, education, and infrastructure in Lagos State. She also highlighted his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, entrepreneurship support, and support for women who have been victims of domestic violence.
However, netizens have criticized the actress for endorsing Sanwo-Olu despite maintaining a non-partisan stance during the presidential election. Some have accused her of only caring about her own interests and not considering the needs of the citizens who support her.
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 husband's election, now that 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 for him on Saturday. We don’t need this announcement. It’s for your pocket and an opportunity to always have access to the 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.”