- Godwin Obaseki has expressed his dislike for godfatherism and likened the concept to military
- The Edo governor said the idea is dangerous to the democracy and should not be left to blossom
- Obaseki also said he would never become a godfather because the role is anti-people and unconstitutional
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Godwin Obaseki, newly reelected governor of Edo state, has stated that he does not want to become a godfather because the role is not constitutional in the Nigerian political structure.
The governor also stated that if godfatherism is left to continue in politics of the country, it will pose a big obstacle to the democratic order just like the military rule.
The governor made this known on Friday, September 25, while addressing the State House correspondents moments after paying a "thank you" visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the governor was accompanied to the Aso Rock villa by his deputy Philip Shaibu and some notable members of his supporters' group.
The governor said:
"In the case of godfathers in our politics, I have said in several fora that the whole concept of godfatherism is very dangerous to our democracy. And that is why when we came into the political fray 2006/2007, the mantra then was to get rid of godfathers from our political life.
”The reason is simple, the godfather has no constitutional responsibility, the godfather acts outside the constitution and controls people who are constitutional players. So, if we allow that sort of situation to continue, it will be worse than military rule. When people who have nothing at stake, no checks and balance, just arbitrarily decide that this is the way the constitution should be interpreted or constitutional players should operate, that’s why problems come in.
”God forbid I become a godfather, I should be dealt with accordingly because it’s dangerous to the concept of democracy.”
The Edo governor was declared the winner of the anticipated guber poll held on Saturday, September 19, having met all requirements by polling 307,955 and winning 13 out of the 18 local government areas in Edo state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier, reported that President Buhari said he took responsibility for the defeat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Saturday Edo guber election.
Buhari said as the supreme leader of his party, he is always at the centre of discourse especially when his party loses some elections to the opposition parties.
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