Stella Dimoko El-Rufai Reveals How To End Godfatherism In Lagos Politics


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Monday, May 06, 2019

El-Rufai Reveals How To End Godfatherism In Lagos Politics

The governor spoke yesterday in Lagos at an event organised by the Bridge Club tagged, “An evening with His Excellency, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State.”

He noted that the key to defeating godfathers was in going directly to the people.

During the question and answer session, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and three-time commissioner in Lagos State, Dr Muiz Banire, had asked El-Rufai how godfatherism could be dealt with.

Responding, El-Rufai said,

“Godfatherism. This is Lagos. Let me tell you something sir; you know, Kaduna State used to be like that. There were three or four politicians in Kaduna that you could not become anything unless you had them on your side.

“Those were the godfathers of Kaduna politics and you had to carry them along and you know, the three words, ‘carry them along’ mean paying them regularly.

“But we chose a different path and the long and short of it now is that after this election in 2019, we have retired all of them; we had to.

“Here in Lagos, you have over six million registered voters, only about a million voted (in 2019 general elections); five million did not vote. If I want to run for governor of Lagos, I will start now. I will commission a study to know why those five million registered voters did not vote; where do they go on election day?

“Then I will start visiting them for the next four years. I will try and get just two million of them to come and vote for me; I will defeat any godfather. The key is to go to the people. The card reader and the biometric register have given us the tools to connect directly with the people.

“I assure you if you do that for the next four years, connecting with the people; the tin godfather, you will retire him or her permanently. But it is hard work; it requires three to four years of hard work. So, if you want to run in 2023, you should start now.

“We retired four of them in Kaduna State within a four-year time and they are gone. One of them boasted that he put me in the government house and he would take me out.”

On the question of money, El-Rufai said it would require about N2bn to do the job, which he said the businessmen could provide.

“With about N2bn; if you start, you see these guys with black ties, they will give you the N2bn. Many of the godfathers are either on paper or in the mind of people in politics. They can be defeated,” the governor said.
From Daily Post


  1. You want to retire tinubu abi. Anyway nothing concern me

  2. Maybe he should leave Lagos alone and mind his state that indigenes are being murdered in their thousands.......Oh, that doesn’t matter since it’s Christian lives that are being lost!!!

    Talking about another person’s house while yours is raging on fire ITK

    1. God bless you anon. I'm from Kaduna state and I fear for my family members and friends in Kaduna. To even travel from Abuja to Kd has become dangerous. Useless man.

  3. N2b that could be used for starting industries and engage workers .....

    Please put your money to better use than deposing Tinubu.

  4. Silly midget,go and put your house in order first.

  5. Common Kd to Abj, person no fit sleep for car. Hellrufai remove that big stone on the way before you talk next time.


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