The Ogun State Chapter of Omoluwabi Movement, a socio-cultural group with South-West focus, has described the recent report credited to the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, on “ending godfatherism in Lagos” as a mere “idle talk of a frustrated political expansionist.”
In a press statement issued in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Wednesday and signed by the Publicity Secretary of the body, Ibukun Ogundola, the Omoluwabi Movement said the Kaduna State Governor could not be taken seriously as he is a well-known “genuflecting opportunist, who will do anything, especially his renowned genuflecting prowess, to achieve his ulterior and who will abandon his benefactor, immediately he achieves his pecuniary aim.”
The statement read in parts: “Our attention has been drawn to the reported remarks of the Governor of Kaduna State on ‘ending godfatherism in Lagos’. We urge all well-meaning Omoluwabi to disregard the comment as a “circumstantial idle talk at a dinner by an evasive Governor, who realising his inability to give good account of his crisis-ridden governance of his state, chose to launch an indirect, uncultured, and muckraking attack on an iconic Omoluwabi and pillar of democracy and progressive politics in Africa; as a divisive and diversionary attempt to escape from giving account on his turbulent and most controversial administration in the annals of Kaduna State.
“It is on record that Governor El-Rufai has moved from one god-father to the other; from Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and now, President Buhari. As soon as he gets what he wants, he moves on to the next milk-shop. He succeeded in his renowned opportunism because only a stone-hearted man will not want to listen to a genuflecting-midget.
“We wish to join in warning President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of the man with a gargantuan ambition and to call him to order. His outburst is understandable as his political expansionist voyage of imposing his bookkeeper on the people of Ogun State was checkmated midstream by the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun at the party’s governorship primary held last year.
“It was not only embarrassing, but also insulting to a region that is the home of progressive politics for Malam El-Rufai to come to Lagos to preach money politics, recommending N2 billion for a governorship candidate and even suggesting that the N2 billion should be sourced from a group of people. This cash-for-vote recommendation of El-Rufai, is not only against the position and stance of President Muhammadu Buhari against corruption, it is actually a criminal act of vote buying under the Electoral Act 2015. By his suggestion of raising N2 billion, in the minimum, from people for a governorship candidate to prosecute election, the double-speak that the Kaduna State governor is well known for becomes more apparent.
“It is on this note that we urge all Omoluabi to see the latest gaffe of the apostle of ‘body-bag treatment’ for election monitors as nothing but circumstantial late night idle dinner talk, which obviously emanated from emanated from a tipsy mind and on the spur of the moment.”