BY OUR EDITOR
Unless there are last minute changes, plans have been concluded by pro-democracy activist across Nigeria to converge in Benin City, the Edo State capital to march in protest against political godfathers and for the protection of democracy in the state.
Checks by Midwest Herald revealed that the organizers are conversant with the several battles to wade-off the influence of late Chief Tony Anenih in the dark days of political struggle in the state.
“We are surprise that Edo State is declining back to the very low level that we struggled to pull it from in 2007 to 2012. It is even more worrisome that one of our own will become the harbinger of anti-democratic influence and a major sponsor of the attack on Edo State legislative arm. If we fail to act now, history will judge us wrongly.
“Some of us mounted the podium to promise Edo people in the early days of Mr. Adams Oshiomhole that it was ‘bye, bye to godfatherism.’ I remember also how we celebrated the famous slogan – ‘let the people lead’. The news coming out of Edo State is a terrible betrayal of all that we laboured for, to bring a comrade to power, because we believed that his emergence would loosen the vice-grip of Chief Anenih and others from Edo polity.” Frank Nwudili, coordinator, Frontiers for Legislative Agenda lamented.
It will be recall that the emergence of Oshiomhole as the candidate for Action Congress, AC as governorship candidate in 2007 set several instruments of resistance in motion which eventually led to the fall of the People’s Democratic Party and several godfathers in the state. It is therefore curious to hear complaints from the activists who fought alongside for the change, to turn around and label the All Progressives Congress National Chairman as an ‘aspiring godfather’.