Godfatherism pays, I’m a testimony – Desmond Elliot shades Obaseki


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Desmond Olusola Elliot, member of Lagos state House of Assembly has berated Governor Godwin Obaseki who aims to end political Godfatherism in Edo state.

Desmond Elliot who was a former actor said he is a product of Godfatherism and would never have achieved his political ambition if not for the help of his Godfather, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

The actor turned politician noted that  Tinubu would never advise him to take decisions that would be detrimental to the people of Lagos state.

Since Obaseki joined Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he was disqualified from contesting under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), he has adopted  “Edo no be Lagos” as his campaign mantra.

However,  Elliot who tackled Edo governor 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,” he said.

“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 further berated Obaseki saying his mantra limits Edo state from achieving the level of economic prosperity attained by Lagos state.

He said, “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.”

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