The existence of political godfathers can be sighted as one of the major constraint to the “Not Too Young To Run” bill in Nigerian politics. The case in recent times is such that “The Young” cannot possibly win or even successfully contest for a political office without having a political godfather.
Oyo state politics and it’s current saga with Hon. Olamijuwonlo Alao- Akala, where the ruling government suddenly decides to suspend a seating Local Government Chairman through a kangaroo process without any due process just because he defected from the ruling party. The ruling goverment even went as far as barricading the Local government office with security personnels and an amour tank. .
The ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill earlier passed in Nigeria has seen the younger generation come out to contest for the presidential seat but as it is, the battle for the office of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria hinges between two major political parties whose candidates have been in power in the past as they clearly control a larger chunk of the nation’s resources that has given them the leverage to exercise overriding control over the majority of the populace.
Godfatherism can be likened to political slave trade where the godfather, after succeeding in foisting the candidature of his godson on the electorate sits quietly thereafter to reap dividends of his evil machination.
The repercussion on society is that merit is sacrificed and state funds are channelled into repaying the “good gesture” of the godfather.
Less than 1 day to the 2019 elections and the same political malady is replaying itself in Oyo State politics.
We do sincerely believe that we are in a dispensation where quality and value for true service which the younger generation can proffer should not be compromised by the political big wigs that seem to want to be in power without any clear vision for its electorates.
Hon. Olamijuwonlo Alao- Akala is young, vibrant and visionary. If given a chance will bring the dividend of democracy and good governance to the people of Oyo State.