Former interim National Chairman for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bisi Akande, has told Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State that godfatherism is good for democracy.
The Osun State politician was reacting to the proxy war going on between the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Governor el-Rufai.
El-Rufai had insisted he has no apology over his comment that “godfather can be defeated” in Lagos State.
Reacting, Akande said that some self-seeking politicians have overlooked mentorship and have chosen to attack the idea by referring to it as godfatherism.
The former Osun governor told Sun, “You are free not to join any political party. You are free to contest as an independent candidate. It is fraudulent, however, for you to join and win elections on the platform of a political party and subsequently form another group to override your political parties’ injunctions.
“Your legacy, by so doing, will belong to those of the selfish leadership. Like most learners serve article-ship before qualifying as Accountants, and like most lawyers serve tutelage before being professionally competent, so must a university lecturer seek mentor-ships before rising to professorship.
“In the same manner, the lower the hierarchy of a political party member, the more mentorships he required to rise from a mere canvasser to a ward organizer, to party officer and to election candidature within his chosen political party.
“It is these political mentor-ships that are being presently euphemistically negated as ‘godfatherism’ by the neo-money politicians struggling to use money to hijack influence from political parties whose ideology they do not care to respect.
“And that was why the Sixth National Assembly ignorantly promulgated the nonsensical theories of ‘internal democracy’ into the Electoral Act of 2010 which now results in big-money politics to the present day Nigeria.
“It is not about defending Tinubu or responding to el-Rufai’s statement about defeating godfatherism, I am defending common sense.
“You just don’t wake up one day and say you want to become a politician; you would need people who are more experienced to mentor you.
“El-Rufai learnt from some mentors, if you want to grow, you must learn.”