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2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by agwom(m): 5:43am On Jun 30, 2018
A few years ago, many prominent politicians that exuded unchallenged influence in corridors of power planted their preferred personalities in strategic places but they soon became rivals.

The politics of godfather and godson is a recurrent phenomenon in Nigerian politics. Despite the fact that the arrangement hardly lasts long as those who planted their favourites either by accident or by design, soon become their serious enemies, especially when the godsons try to assert their authority. Despite its failings, the idea always becomes a defining factor once another round of elections comes closer.

Kano

In Kano, the fight is between the incumbent governor of the state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his predecessor, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso. The later handed over the state to the former, hence Kwankwaso considers himself the godfather, the claim the incumbent fervently expels.

Ganduje is seeking a second term in 2019, but there are clear indications that Kwankwaso is averse to this move and is doing everything to scuttle it.

There were suggestions that ahead of the 2015 general elections, Kwankwaso had someone in mind as his preferred successor but was clever by half. He didn’t unveil the choice and on the other hand, Ganduje openly availed himself the opportunity and campaigned vigorously.

Fast-forward, once he won the election, he reportedly deviated from the political ideologies of Kwankwasiyya, a political movement that brought them back to power in 2011 together with Kwankwaso.

While Kwankwaso has remained consistent in his effort to spoil Ganduje’s second term bid in 2019, Ganduje on his part is also pushing heard to ensure that Kwankwaso does not secure the Senate ticket or make any positive impact in the 2019 general elections.

The governor has already made concrete arrangements to replace Kwankwaso in 2019. So far, politicians like Senator Basheer Lado who was defeated by Kwankwaso for the Senate seat in 205, the current Personal Private Secretary to the governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Kankarofi and the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, have all indicated interest in the seat. Lado recently defected to the APC from the PDP and during a reception in his honour, Ganduje had alluded that he would be returned to Abuja as senator.

Kwara

The political structure in Kwara State makes it difficult for any godson to be at loggerhead with the political godfather of the state, Senator Bukola Saraki.

It is a known fact that incumbent governors in other states have influence on who succeeds them, but such is not the case in Kwara where the political gladiator (Saraki) singlehandedly picks who he feels should be the governor or the occupant of any high position.

Despite this posture, there are rumours that Saraki as godfather and the outgoing state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, have some “uncomfortable salient issues” about who becomes what next year but they have shielded the issue from the public.

As a sitting governor who would want to endorse a candidate to succeed him, Ahmed may not have such opportunity because of Saraki’s influence.

It was said that Ahmed who will be completing his second term would like to contest for the senate in 2019 but that fact that the senator from Kwara South, Rafiu Ibrahim, is serving his first term and he is in the good books of Saraki and his wife, it may be difficult for Ahmed to get the ticket which many political analysts believe may be causing silent internal problems between them.

For now, nobody dares or challenges godfather Saraki. Whether there would be fight between Saraki and Ahmed, only time will tell.

Plateau

2019 will likely be a year of uncertainty in Plateau State with some of the state’s major political titans facing serious challenges.

Jang/Pwajok

The trial of former governor David Jang over alleged misappropriation of N6.3 billion has created room for uncertainty on his political future and his role in 2019. Jang’s trial seems a blessing for his former political godson, Edward Pwajok who decamped from the PDP to the APC in 2017 and has been eyeing Jang’s senatorial seat. Pwajok who was one of the most influential commissioners in Jang’s eight-year administration and now represents Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency owes his political fortunes to the former governor.

Dariye/ Dabang

A political scene without the senator representing Plateau Central, Joshua Dariye, will definitely mean dull politics in Plateau State. The former governor who was recently sentenced to 14 years in prison has controlled politics in his Plateau Central zone since he left Rayfield Government House in 2007. However, with his recent incarceration, it seems his once political godson who is also the APC chairman in the state, Lateb Dabang, is angling to replace him.

Useni/Lar

Senator Victor Lar defeated Senator Jeremiah Useni in 2011 to clinch the seat for Plateau South Senatorial District. Though a political godson at the time, Lar didn’t hold back and only left the position in 2015 when he got interested in the governorship seat. With Useni inheriting Lar’s seat as the senator for Plateau South, it seems the two would likely slug it out once again in the PDP governorship primaries later this year.

C/River

It has become public knowledge that the immediate past governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke who is thought to have single-handedly facilitated the emergence of Prof. Ben Ayade as his successor, are no longer on the same page.

Many top political dignitaries in the state have quoted Imoke as regretting his role in the emergence of Ayade as governor.

Similarly, there are strong indications that Imoke would work for the emergence of another candidate who would challenge Ayade’s second term ambition.

Also, When Dr. Clement David Ebri was governor of Cross River State during the Ibrahim Babangida military government, he was the one that brought the present minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Usani, from his teaching job to political limelight. He made him a special adviser. Ebri discovered many others like Donald Duke, Imoke and many more.

But in the build up to the 2019 general elections, almost all of them have fallen out, with sharp political differences. They are presently the arrow heads of the factions that plague the APC in Cross River State.

Ebri who has been a BoT member of the APC, is reported to have chided Usani openly during one of the party’s peace meetings.

Incidentally, both are from the same Yakurr LGA of the state where many other key national officers hail from. Clearly, Ebri ought to be the political father of that area but this has been challenged consistently by Usani. During the last local and ward congresses in the state, different factions claimed superiority but Usani seems to be recognised as the party leader in the state.

Because of the face-off between them, Usani has not given his support to Ebri in his declared ambition to become the next national chairman of the APC.

Borno

The phenomenon of godfatherism in partisan politics in Borno State seems to have ceased to exist since the governorship tenure of Senator Ali Modu Sheriff (SAS) between 2003 and 2011.

Although a substantial section of the Borno public sees the incumbent Governor Kashim Shettima as the godson of SAS on the argument that he picked and helped him to victory in 2011, most people now see Shettima as an independent fellow, arguing that he has openly and successfully defied the whims and caprices of SAS in the political game in the state.

For now, the godfather and the godson are openly fighting ahead of 2019, and the ‘godson’ seems always victorious in the fight, judging from the recently conducted state party congress where Shettima was seen to have victoriously maintained ownership of the entire ruling party structure, in spite of the ‘height’ and ‘might’ of the ‘just-returning’ SAS.

The generality of the public see SAS as pulling no consequential weight, if he now pulls any weight at all, in Borno politics because they argue, Shettima has clipped his wings.

Lagos

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was anointed by the National Leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, from among an array of aspirants.

Even the outgoing governor at the time, Babatunde Fashola, was said to be disposed to another candidate but at the end of the day, it was Tinubu that had his way. There is a strong belief that Tinubu would still play great in who picks the APC gubernatorial ticket in the coming months, but he has kept sealed lips about the 2019 governorship race. He is said to be in dilemma over Ambode’s second term bid, with sources saying he is not comfortable with the governance of Ambode who is said to be building a political empire across the state.

https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/2019-godfathers-in-political-battles-with-godsons-258694.html

Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:45am On Jun 30, 2018
May the best candidates win.
Candidates that will bring succor and prosperity to our nation.

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by raumdeuter: 5:50am On Jun 30, 2018
The Tinubu Ambde rift is a figment of the authors imagination. Tinubu and Ambode are inseparable

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by tollyboy5(m): 6:11am On Jun 30, 2018
MANNABBQGRILLS:
May the best candidates win. Candidates that will bring succor and prosperity to our nation.
Ori e pe! wink

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by tollyboy5(m): 6:12am On Jun 30, 2018
raumdeuter:
The Tinubu Ambde rift is a figment of the authors imagination. Tinubu and Ambode are inseparable
Wa gbayii ! don't mind op jare

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:15am On Jun 30, 2018
tollyboy5:

Ori e pe! wink
Please , what does that means?!
May I become rich I guess?!

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by kestolove95(f): 6:31am On Jun 30, 2018
2019 go sweet
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by tollyboy5(m): 6:36am On Jun 30, 2018
MANNABBQGRILLS:
Please , what does that means?! May I become rich I guess?!
Lolz I guess u no dey Lagos niyen it means ur head correct

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by MANNABBQGRILLS: 6:39am On Jun 30, 2018
tollyboy5:

Lolz I guess u no dey Lagos niyen it means ur head correct

Oh, like my head is there!
Chop knuckle my man! grin wink
Great weekend ahead pal!

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Paperwhite(m): 8:31am On Jun 30, 2018
Good! Let the fight continue till the eliminate themselves from our political life.These breed of corrupt old generation politicians are the bane of our development @ present.

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Lagosfinder(m): 9:01am On Jun 30, 2018
Op remove lagos

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by bukjossy(m): 11:17am On Jun 30, 2018
Hmmm
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Kelamma: 11:18am On Jun 30, 2018
They have started....and that is how they will sign and swear their mandates away...If you know, you know. If you don't know, ask Chinwoke Mbadinuju and 'short man devil'Chris Ngige.

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by NCANTaskForce: 11:19am On Jun 30, 2018
ENUGU STATE & THE ODDITIES OF ENDORSEMENT BAZAAR:

Its indeed, heart wrenching and very great disservice to Enugu state, that while other states of the federation are commissioning built projects, to palliate & assuage the debilitating nerve wrecking penury within the polity,

Enugu state government, has embarked on a perdition detour of filtering away, our collective patrimony in a jamboree ENDORSEMENT GALORE of a governor, who in the past forty months of his administration, has no major project attributed to him, yet, he wants a second tenure by paying all manner of charlatans to endorse him.

To have opted for a cheap endorsement strategy instead of flaunting his achievements, is a glaring testimony that he has failed as a governor. He has stigmatized governance with sheer lack of road map which is an indispensable prerequisite for a dynamic & robust governance at the expense of NDI ENUGU.

To say that Enugu state has been in the doldrums since the emergence of Gov. Ugwuanyi amounts to over flogging the facts. Its therefore, most unfortunate, repudiating and worrisome that the government of Rt. Hon. Lawrence Ugwuanyi, in the past forty two months, cannot point to any major project or investment stride attributed to him,

What a set back for Enugu state that use to be a pace setter?, the governor is very well known for his big heart & buoyed generosity in given out largess to pals & political fratelli, but governance transcends such a trajectory as its based on vision & not ambition.

Governance is all about vision, creativity & ability to manage people & resources so as to optimize the political dividends for the good of the people, these germain hallmarks are none existent in this government.

His benevolence includes but not limited to doling out money to people at social functions, market places, hospitals & other sundry places instead of deploying same, for infrastructures that could serve a wider perspective.

Government is not & shall never be a father Christmas but unfortunately, that's the sordid state of things in Enugu state. While other states are commissioning major projects & wowing investors into their States,

Enugu state is building culverts & inaugurating pool betting & lotteries among pauperized indigenes, these shows you the level of thinking within the government & the amount of decay inherent in the welfare of NDI ENUGU.

The salient questions are: how many times have you seen Enugu state government showcasing their achievements on the television channels?, never, because they have nothing to show, only waste & profligacy, how many times have you seen Enugu youths & artisans attend empowerment programs both here & outside?,

How many schools have you seen getting facelifts?, how many hospitals have you seen been revitalized?. All You see on the social media & others are propagandry 'G17' & their ENDORSEMENTS therapy, one would therefore ask, when has endorsement become an achievement?,

NDI ENUGU should wake up & take up their destinies in their own hand as eight wasteful years in a life of a state, is a colossal draw back, time to act is now.

The governor has become a PAYMASTER for praise singers. If the governor has performed, he would have leveraged on same for his second tenure, but in the face of his abysmal performances, he's now resorting to all manner of ridiculous tactics including the laughable endorsement scheme, his only achievement so far.

Its therefore very imperative that NDI ENUGU must wake up now to rescue their state or brace up for another wasteful & barren four years while her neighbouring states are on the move.


From, Ozo(Engr) Patrick Mba-----social advocate.

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by DonDemu(m): 11:19am On Jun 30, 2018
Thank God Sai Baba has no godfather. God bless PMB

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Horladipupo0505: 11:19am On Jun 30, 2018
i no ready the story bcoz I know it will not b interesting... Pls ooo any politician that gas integrity should pls help me oooo I knw the problem on Nigeria and the solution is 3R....chck that out...I remain Adeyemi oladipupo
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by IMASTEX: 11:20am On Jun 30, 2018
No body is talking or fighting over the services to the people. It is rather a fight over who share what? I sorry for the jobless youth still supporting politicians.

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Lexusgs430: 11:21am On Jun 30, 2018
MANNABBQGRILLS:
May the best candidates win.
Candidates that will bring succor and prosperity to our nation.

That candidate has not been born yet......
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Tonimordred(m): 11:21am On Jun 30, 2018
Eeya
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Walexybobo(m): 11:23am On Jun 30, 2018
Too lenghtly.
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Constie(f): 11:27am On Jun 30, 2018
Nigeria ko gbodo baje... grin Good leadership is key to maximum development...
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Brains1990(m): 11:28am On Jun 30, 2018
POLITICS as it is been played here in Nigeria has a different meaning as compared to what d Oxford dictionary defines. To me, politics does not exist in this country! Wicked people who have kerosene flowing through their veins.
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Brains1990(m): 11:28am On Jun 30, 2018
POLITICS as it is been played here in Nigeria has a different meaning as compared to what d Oxford dictionary defines. To me, politics does not exist in this country! Wicked people who have kerosene flowing through their veins not blood!
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Vaabra01(f): 11:30am On Jun 30, 2018
K
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Ooduavoice: 11:33am On Jun 30, 2018
grin

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Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by Cornerstone2020(m): 11:37am On Jun 30, 2018
I am not convinced about Kwara and Lagos states
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by ABIOLAXYZ(m): 11:46am On Jun 30, 2018
If the godfather and the godson are in good terms, it simply means the state is been looted.
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by israelmao(m): 11:50am On Jun 30, 2018
Vote according to your conscience, not for tribalism,religion or selfish interest.
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by 21savages(m): 11:50am On Jun 30, 2018
Our teachers lied to us for tellin us we are the leaders of tomorrow, they would have jst tld us that we are the leaders of next generation, cux i feel lyk dat 2moro is gone for long.
Re: 2019: Godfathers In Political Battles With Godsons by bennynaza(m): 11:50am On Jun 30, 2018
Rochas Okorocha vs his deputy Eze Madumere.
Rochas Okorocha vs other political titans in the state.
Rochas Okorocha vs Imolites who put him there in the first place.

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