Owolabi Salis, gubernatorial candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in Lagos State, has said aspirants worship godfathers in order to win elections.
Salis made the assertion while speaking with newsmen on his arrival from the United States on Saturday at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Ikeja.
He said the country still had high level of poverty because the government had not really practiced true governance. According to him, true governance bridges the gap between the rich and the poor in meeting the needs of the people. This, he said, was in terms of providing basic education, health facilities and housing for the people which Lagos State and the country at large lacked.
“The issue of godfatherism is a major challenge in the country because politicians see themselves as gods.
“Aspirants now worship their godfathers just to attain their desired position.
“What we now have in Lagos State and in the country as a whole is that we now worship godfathers.
“Everybody is now preaching sir sir sir just for the aim of getting to a position,” he lamented.
“People now engage with godfathers just to get what they want from them and as soon as power get to their hands, then they now see the real life.
“Such persons will now be after his godfather alone or sometimes neglect him. It has happened in the past and it is still happening and it will continue to happen if poverty is not reduced to the nearest minimum,” he said.
Salis said godfatherism was not only common in the All Progressives Congress, APC, but was also in other parties as well. He said they would raise someone that din’t understand the grassroots politics in the state and impose it on other aspirants.
Salis said this practice should be stopped because it was already affecting the political economy.