Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, who addressed officials of the Permanent Mission, Nigeria House in New York, said President Buhari’s victory in 2015 Presidential election, showed that one can win election in Nigeria without having money or the backing of powerful godfathers.
According to Solomon Dalung, the victory sparked the political revolution against ‘god-fatherism’ in the Nigerian political space.
The Sports Minister who recounted how he contested several times in elections, but was deprived of his win by the ‘urban gorillas’, said;
“There is hope for Nigeria. The victory of President Buhari, up till now, not many Nigerians have understood it; it was a political revolution.
“What it has brought is that you can contest and win election even when you do not have money.
“God-fatherism’ was instituted to control elected officials so that they would not go beyond control.
“Dalung said ‘god-fatherism’ is a political servitude where you are tested to determine your loyalty. The thing is that without a god father, they believe you can’t be controlled.’’
“The ‘Not too Young to Run’ is an advocacy that is sending strong signals to political lords that they had overstayed their welcome; either they give way or they will be forced out,” NAN quoted him as saying.
The minister accused those he called “urban gorillas” of being in charge of the country’s political machinery for manipulating the system.
“At 53 years, they still call me a small boy,” he decried, saying he had contested elections several times and won but was deprived by the ‘urban gorillas’.