“Lagos godfatherism is defeatable,” says El-Rufai.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on Sunday, has stated that godfatherism in Lagos politics can be defeated.
The governor said this while responding to questions after delivering a lecture in Lagos at an event organized by the Bridge Club tagged “An evening with His Excellency Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State.”
El-Rufai, in his revelation, said he has defeated and retired godfathers in Kaduna State, adding that the victory can be replicated in any state, including Lagos State.
Muiz Banire, a former Lagos Commissioner and estranged ally of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed, had asked the controversial question to attack Tinubu who is highly regarded as the Lagos State political godfather.
“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 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.”
On funding, El-Rufai said it would require about N2 billion to achieve the feat.
He said: “With about N2 billion, if you start, you see these guys with black ties, they will give you the N2 billion.
“Many of the godfathers are either on paper or in the mind of people in politics.
“They are defeatable.
“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,” El-Rufai stated