National Chairman of APC John Odigie-Oyegun/Photo: The Guardian
A Former National Chairman of APC John Odigie-Oyegun/Photo: The Guardian

The All Progressives Congress (APC) should get rid of godfatherism to deepen internal democracy, a former National Chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said.

Oyegun also lamented that godfatherism has done much damage to political parties and democracy in the country.

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“I think the basic problem we have all over is the godfather thing. Internal democracy simply means that if 10 people want to vie for an office, so be it. Let the electorate decide,” he told New Telegraph.

“But when party leaders are the ones deciding who is fit or who is not fit, that becomes a problem.

“That is the decision of the electorate. And when they start displacing persons with their friends and other undesirable inducements, that is totally unacceptable.

“The damage it does is that you are destroying the belief of the electorate in due process. So, it becomes more difficult to accept the result of an election.”

He added that “The moment people start believing that they cannot get a fair share, that the system cannot be fair to them, whereas if you painstakingly pursue the process of letting the electorate decide, eventually you will find out that this going to court will begin to go down.

“But once you do otherwise, people would have at the back of their minds that they are not fairly treated and would look for every manner of excuse to go to court.

“That alone opens up the judicial system and the entire political system to another level and different levels of corruption.

“So, the damage is intense and I pray that our politicians will see the need for a proper internal democracy and allow due process and allow the people to thoroughly decide.”