The director of strategic communication in the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council, Dele Alake has stated that there is nothing wrong with Bola Tinubu being a godfather.
Speaking with Channels Television on Friday, Alake described those envious of Tinubu as indolent, lazy, suffuse with inertia and lethargy.
According to the former Lagos State Commissioner, there is nothing wrong with the concept of godfatherism if used to promote the public good.
He said those against Bola Tinubu lack the mental and financial capability to attain the hegemonic status.
Dele Alake said: “The notion of godfatherism has been given a negative connotation in the political lexicon of Nigeria and by those who are unnecessary envious of others, not because they do not wish to be godfathers if they could work for it if they could have the mental and financial wherewithal to become a godfather,” he said.
“There is nothing absolutely wrong with godfatherism if that godfatherism is public-spirited.
“Awolowo, our revered sage, was a godfather because he produced many other leaders, and Ahmadu Bello was a godfather because he produced many leaders.
“Nnamdi Azikwe was a godfather because he also sired leaders politically, so therefore why should Tinubu’s own be given a negative connotation simply because people who are indolent, lazy, suffuse with inertia and lethargy, cannot work assiduously and cannot attain political height through which they could also develop other leaders and become positive godfathers.
“So, there is nothing essentially, inherently wrong with having a godfather as long as it is public-spirited.”