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“Edo can be like Lagos, I’m a product of godfatherism” – Desmond Elliot on Edo elections

Valentine Chinyem



Nollywood Actor cum Politician, Desmond Elliot, has berated Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, saying without support from a godfather, he would’nt have been governor.

Mr. Elliot, who is representing the Surulere constituency in the Lagos state House of Assembly since 2015, said this while speaking during a recent interview ahead of Edo governorship election.

He lashed out at Obaseki, for adopting “Edo no be Lagos” as his re-election mantra. He also described his own political career as being a product of godfatherism.

Obaseki had been at loggerheads with former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which led to his pitching tent with the Peoples Democratics Party (PDP) after the former refused to endorse him for second term.

He said, “A godfather always tries to look after the interest of his people. I’m a product of godfatherism but Tinubu has never for one day asked me to do something you know would be detrimental.”

Desmond Elliot added that, “It’s progressive. So, let him (Obaseki) not castigate the whole thing. If not for godfatherism, would he be where he is today? My point isn’t even about him; it’s that I want to talk about my candidate.”

Elliot who laughed off the context of Obaseki’s mantra, that Edo is not Lagos, saying that is a verg wrong word, as Lagos state records an internally generated revenue of over N30 billion every month.

“But when you say ‘can not be’, you’re already putting a cover. And I’m a spiritual person. You cannot say such things. We have pastors and Imams that will break the yoke,” the actor added.

“You can’t say it won’t be when Lagos makes an IGR of over 30 billion every month. You can’t hear about unpaid salaries or pension. You see projects coming up, investors, and investment coming.

“We are the fifth-largest economy in Africa. So why will you say Edo can’t be Lagos because you are trying to sell an idea? Let me tell you something, loyalty is important.”