The member representing Surulere constituency in Lagos State, Desmond Elliot has said that gothfatherism in politics will continue because it is impactful and makes people happy.
The Nigerian actor and director who joined politics in 2014 and won the state assembly election in 2015 said this during an interview he had recently, where he discussed the ‘simple’ agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the forthcoming Edo gubernatorial election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
The APC lawmaker was reacting to a popular campaign slogan, ‘Edo no be Lagos’ being used by the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki who is seeking re-election under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Elliot claims that Obaseki, who was strongly supported by a former Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole in 2016, is a product of godfatherism.
He also stated that claiming that Edo cannot be Lagos means that Edo cannot be as developed as Lagos.
Elliot said, “Saying Edo state can never be Lagos State means that Edo state can never be as developed as Lagos State. This is very detrimental to the state itself and it’s not right for a Governor to say that, because saying Edo state can never be as big and as popular as Lagos State means that he is trying to pull Edo backwards.
“Obaseki is a product of godfatherism and so I am, godfather in politics only teach you how to make people happy and rule peacefully with impact, so godfatherism will continue, ” He added.”