Godfatherism, is as old as politics itself, the godfathers assist the godson(s) to attain the level of a responsible person in the society.
In other words, he teaches the godson the norms and values of the society and inculcates in him a better character.
Below are some of the political godfathers in Nigeria.
Lamidi Ariyibi Akanji Adedibu was an aristocratic power broker in Oyo State , Nigeria Former President Olusegun Obasanjo described him as the “father of the PDP”.
His brand of politics was described as a blend of populism and raw thuggery that often compelled either violent loyalty or violent opposition.
It was said that nobody assumed any political post in Oyo state without Adedibu’s approval, leading to him being called “the strong man of Ibadan politics”.
He helped so many great politicians in Oyo state, he clinched the seat of governor for the likes of Ladoja, Olunloyo and Alao akala. He also helped Senator Olufemi clinched the seat of senate, Taofeek Arapaja ( former deputy governor of Oyo state).
He was a tyrant during his days. He bought the philosophy that Oyo state cannot serve a single governor for 2 term, the jinx that was broken by the present governor Ajimobi.
Adedibu died at the University College Hospital in Ibadan on 11 June 2008
Obasanjo was a career soldier before serving twice as his nation’s head of state. He served as a military ruler from 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979, and as a democratically elected president from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.
He’s much more than god father to some great Nigeria politician the likes of David mark, Donald duke, Segun Oni, El – rufai, ribadu, Gbenga Daniel, Olagunsoye Oyinlola ( former governor of Osun State ), late President Musa Yar’adua, President Goodluck Jonathan and so many more.
Obasanjo was embroiled in controversy regarding his “Third Term Agenda,” a plan to modify the constitution so he could serve a third, four-year term as President. This led to a political media uproar in Nigeria and the bill was not ratified by the National Assembly.
Chief Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu was elected Senator for the Lagos West constituency in Lagos State , Nigeria in 1993. This election was just prior to a military take-over in December 1993.
After the return to democracy, he was elected governor of Lagos State, holding office from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.
He is an influential member of the All Progressives Congress party; he also holds both the chieftaincies of the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State.
The Asiwaju of Lagos single-handedly install Fashola and governor Ambode as the governor of most populous state in africa and also help the likes of Aregbesola, Mimiko, Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele (MOB), Fayemi, Muiz Banire, Lai Mohammed and he was also the strongest pillar in the Nigeria general election in 2015 that made Buhari the president of Nigeria.
Guys, the question now is 👇🏾
Who do you think is the baddest among these godfathers?
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