As the feud between the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu on the former call to end godfatherism in Lagos continues to slap on, a northern group under the auspices of Allied Vanguard for Defence of Democracy has thrown its weight behind the governor, describing the responses from Tinubu’s camp as a sign of desperation.
The group’s leader, Mohammed Sabiu Turaki said Tinubu’s loyalists had carelessly jumped aboard a flight without actually knowing its destination. According to the group, the lame response by the Tinubu loyalists only goes to confirm the level at which Tinubu has manipulated the total available activity in the South West political environment.
“The desperate response, though grossly inadequate, is a further testimony to Tinubu’s entrenched fear of an imminent loss of control of almost a decade old grip of the southwestern political space.
“Tinubu is afraid that Elrufai’s comments could awaken the spirit of self-preservation in the younger generation of South Westerners signalling an early demise of an era of domination by Tinubu and his ilk,” Turaki said in the statement.
The Group warned what it called Tinubu’s hired troubleshooters to respect democratically defined extents and limits as they attempt to protect the diminishing era of godfatherism.
“Governor El-rufai was right to have suggested that a political space devoid of the undue dominance of godfathers is achievable in
Nigeria including the Lagos axis where Tinubu holds sway.
“It is also true that Governor El-rufai has uprooted the pillars of fascist godfatherism and flushed it out of the political system of Kaduna state.
“The fear of the imminent reality of El-rufai exporting the ‘end of the godfathers syndrome to other places, must have informed Tinubu’s careless reaction that only exposed his desperation for the nation’s presidency in 2023.
“It must also have informed his desperate move to disrupt the northern voter strength by attempting to dislocate the region’s political hub domiciled in Kano.
“This follows his perception of an impending defeat in the battle for the control of the soul of the National Assembly after the North had seen through his antics and is poised to scuttle it,” the statement added.
Turaki reaffirmed his group’s commitment to the upcoming struggle for a genuinely new political order advocated by Elrufai.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we are solidly behind Elrufai and his anti-godfatherism drive and shall spare no effort in promoting and protecting it,” he said.