- Oba of Benin has told PDP members to stay clear of godfatherism in Edo state
- The monarch said he would not allow anybody to become "remote control" of Governor Godwin Obaseki
- The traditional ruler issued this stern warning when Governor Nyesom Wike led PDP members to his palace on a thank you visit after the guber poll
Governor Nyesom Wike and top members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been warned against turning themselves to political godfathers for Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state.
Issuing this warning on Tuesday, September 29, is Benin monarch, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Square II, when Governor Wike led some PDP members to his palace on a "thank you" visit following the reelection victory of Governor Obaseki
It would be recalled that Obaseki defeated Osagie Ize-Iyamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and 12 other candidates in the Saturday, September 19 guber election held in the 18 local government areas of Edo state.
Obaseki cruised to a comfortable and emphatic victory, winning 13 local governments out of the 18 to dash Ize-Iyamu's hope of taking the heart of Edo state.
The election was adjudged one of the best as the wish of people was projected through the ballot without fear or prejudice to any political party.
Addressing his visitors, Oba of Benin reminded PDP of its detest for godfatherism and urged the party not to become one for the newly re-elected governor.
In his words:
“I want to on this occasion plead with the PDP that you also as you have always been talking about the concept of godfatherism, you will uphold it and don’t let unscrupulous members of your party try to now come out and start to use your party by proxy or remote control to control our governor and end up being the hidden godfathers, we don’t want hidden godfathers."
Meanwhile, Obaseki earlier expressed disgust for godfatherism, saying 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.
He made this known on Friday, September 25, while addressing the State House correspondents moments after paying a "thank you" visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.
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