Godwin Obaseki, the re-elected governor of Edo State, has told the people of the state to deal with him if he becomes a godfather.
Obaseki stated that godfatherism is dangerous to the tenets of democracy in Nigeria.
The governor said this on Friday, during a ‘Thank You’ visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
“God forbid I become a godfather, I should be dealt with accordingly because it is dangerous to the concept of democracy”, he said.
While condemning godfatherism in politics, the governor argued that people who play such roles act outside Nigeria’s constitution.
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He warned that if people allow the trend to continue in the nation’s politics and governance, it will be worse than military rule.
“The godfather acts outside of the constitution. He now controls people who are constitutional players.
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“If we allow such a situation to continue, it will be worse than military rule. When people who have nothing at stake, who have no checks and balances in them can just arbitrarily decide that this is the way the constitution can be interpreted, that is why the concept is wrong,” Obaseki also said.
On his part, Buhari thanked Obaseki for visiting with his deputy, Philip Shaibu, after the election.
He maintained that he ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, and other security agencies not to interfere in the poll, to allow the will of Edo people to prevail.
“If contestants have too much money and they decide to spray, so be it. But what I insist is, nobody should go and raise a counterforce to the government, arm heavily-drugged thugs to go and humiliate people.
“I want Nigerians to appreciate that I respect them as Nigerians and that I am bound by the oath I have taken, that their security is in the hands of God and in the hands of the government, which I am leading,” Buhari said.