Edo Poll and the Plot Against ‘godfatherism’
ElevateNews takes a look at the rift between Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki.
The rift between the godson, Edo State Governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his godfather, former Governor, Adams Oshimhole may narrow the chance of the All Progressives Congress in the State in the coming gubernatorial poll.
It is a development that is not good for party politics, which of course may help democracy in the long run. Obaseki is bent on running the affairs of the party in Edo without any respect for the APC national executive, including his predecessor who is now the National President of the APC, Oshiomhole.
It all began like a rumour, which both of them denied but like smoke, the animosity soon filled the air as parallel APC campaign was organized in the State on the instruction of Oshiomhole but was disrupted by the State government.
“Obaseki does not want us to settle the issue between us amicably”, Oshiomhole cried out. It seems the APC national chairman is feeling the burn more and may lose the State to his godson if he fails to change his tactics.
Obaseki has the backing of the former National Chairman of the party, Chief Odigie Oyegun whom himself is still nursing the injury inflicted on him by Oshiomhole.
The plot to remove Oshimhole goes beyond Edo, it was gathered that many of the APC governors do not want the comrade again and they may throw him out before the next general election.
Oshimhole was one of the governors whose elections were bankrolled by the former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu but the former labour leader would not allow anybody to rule over him.
As soon as he assumed office in Edo, Oshiomhole fenced out those that could be godfathers and dominated the administration like a king kong. He showed detest to godfatherism, yet he singlehandedly imposed Obaseki with the plan to control the government behind the scene.
But as the says go, “what goes around comes around”, Obaseki is paying back to Oshiomhole what the former governor did to those who brought him to power about 12 years ago.
The formula of godfatherism in Nigeria politics is the key approach but with the steady rise of godsons against this method, the country may be heading towards a better democracy, where the electorate will not need to watch the body language of some politicians before choosing their own leaders.
Today, a figure like Tinubu wrestled himself from the domineering tendency of the Pan Yoruba Social-cultural group, Afenifere to become a freeman in the politics of the Southwest.
He refused to be teleguided by the Afenifere leaders as he created a new political platform to build himself a dynasty that had since produced many other leaders. It was possible for Tinubu because he established himself, using his skills and money.
If Oshiomhole must become a godfather in Edo, he must first of all create a new political party of national structure to test his popularity. Without this, his role in APC now is temporary.