Political godfatherism useless in Nigeria — Gov. Lamido

Former Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State

The governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, is not interested in imposing his successor on the people of the state, come February 2015 when the governorship election will be conducted.

He said he realized that the manipulation of the electoral process to enthrone a godson does not benefit the godfather in the long run hence he would allow the people to pick his successor.

The governor spoke at the inaugural debut of “Both Sides,” a political discourse programme organized by the Kukah Centre in Abuja on Wednesday.

The centre is promoted by a clergyman, Matthew Kukah.

“We saw what happened in 2007 and 2011. As long as the peoples’ interest is protected, there is nothing to fear,” Mr. Lamido said.

“We saw what some people did to install people they dub as ‘houseboys’ and what happened to them at the end of the day?” What Nigeria needs are strong institutions that can protect the interest of the majority.

“Nigerians are impatient people, but we must differentiate the interest of the majority from that of the elite. We must also note that as a democracy, we should strive to defend the interest of the majority, instead of the elite.”

The governor said he said he could not enumerate his achievements since he assumed office in the North Western state, but insisted he had worked for the interest of its people.

He added, “People come and thank me for all I have done, but I tell them that they should not thank as I am only doing my job. It is my job as governor to work for the improvement of the welfare of my own people.”

Mr. Lamido called for morality and sincerity in politics. According to him, political leaders should stand by their words and do what is expected of them.


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