A stalwart of the All Progressives Congress,APC Senator Osita Izunaso has described as wrong the impression that ex Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the godfather who controls the party.Izunaso who is the national organizing secretary of the party said this Thursday at the Nigeria Political Party Discussion Series organised by the Centre for Democracy and Development in Abuja.
According to him,APC is a pan- Nigerian party and it will be wrong for anybody to say Tinubu controls it.He reiterated the fact that the party also has General Buhari and other leaders who came from the other parties that formed APC.
‘No one can control a party as big as APC’ which he said has become a movement.’APC is the party to watch,it is the fasted growing party in the world’,Izunaso said, adding that the attractiveness of the party can be seen from the fact that APC now has sixteen state governors without even going an election yet . ‘APC is a movement and nobody can control a movement,’ he asserted.
He made these remarks while addressing the issue of godfatherism in Nigerian politics. Representatives of other parties also spoke.In particular,Mr Bolaji Anani,national financial secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP noted that the constitution his party operates does not give room for godfatherism.
Others who also spoke at the function included Salisu Mohammed deputy national secretary Labour Party,Mr Ifeanacho Oguejiofor director of publicity of All Progressive Grand Alliance ,APGA and Suleiman Ahmed, deputy chairman of IPAC.Dr Jibrin Ibrahim served as the moderator while Professor Victor Adetula was the expert in the house.
Ms Idayat Hassan ,director CDD gave the opening remarks.In all, it was interesting to see representatives of all political parties present struggling to deny the existence of godfatherism or the all influential big man in their parties.Well,Professor Adetula asserted that studies have indeed revealed that there are godfathers and god mothers .He said the influence of such godfathers and goodmothers is a big challenge.
The participants also looked at several issues including the equally disturbing issue of money in politics.While some claimed money was not an issue in their parties, other agreed that the prevalence of poverty has thrown up that challenge.One of the speakers even argued that Nigerians have become so sophisticated that money may no longer buy votes.Do you agree?