The Kogi State Governor-elect, Usman Ododo, has stirred up controversy on social media after he kneeled and presented his Certificate of Return to Governor Yahaya Bello.
Newsflash Nigeria reports that Ododo performed this act of deference after he received his certificate of return along with his running mate, Joel Salifu, at the INEC headquarters in Lokoja, the state capital, on Friday.
The State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Gabriel Longpet, presented the certificate to them in the presence of Governor Bello, some APC chieftains and a large crowd of party supporters.
However, some Nigerians have expressed their displeasure with the decision of Ododo, saying that it shows the extent of godfatherism in the country and its negative impact on the nation’s politics.
They took to social media platforms to air their views and criticise the governor-elect for his gesture.
TRENDING VIDEO: Ododo, Kogi governor-elect, kneels to present his certificate of return to incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello
— TheCable (@thecableng) November 17, 2023
See some of the reactions below.
@Tee_Classiquem1 wrote: “Godfatherism has taken over naija politics.”
@dmark4real wrote: “Yahaya Bello for another eight years. Hmmmmmm. Naija 21st century politics.”
@SunnetplanetC wrote: “Power is crazy 🤣 just a matter of time his true loyalty will be tested.”
@legend_082 wrote: “When we were busy going to school, some unscrupulous people were busy grabbing political power. Now, they have become lords over the educated. The video there would make a great story in a Mafia movie.”
@VivienVivicoko wrote: “Congregation of people who are only after their own deep pockets.”
@bigfrank_123 wrote: “You guys should be worried about this type of politics. This governor’s sole aim is to please Yaya and not the people of Kogi.”
@MaziGomez_ wrote: “It’s called loyalty in Nigeria politics 😂”
@thekingchild wrote: “The Godfatherism journey has just begun. I hope they both finish well.”
@Callipers_ wrote: “We’ve seen this script over and over.”
@obehieguakhide wrote: “The incoming governor’s bow to the outgoing governor is a gesture lacking in democratic essence, painting Nigerians as backward in political evolution. Such acts, rather than fostering respect, risk undermining confidence in our democratic values. These symbolic gestures should align with democratic principles to inspire trust among international investors. A commitment to modern democratic norms is crucial for national progress and global partnerships.”