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EDO DECIDES: See The Newest Word Added Into The Nigerian Dictionary of Politics.

One of the major concepts that students of Political Science grappled within the early 2000s was that of Godfatherism especially after Chris Ngige and Chris Ubah imbroglio that led to the siege on Anambra State Government House in Awka.


Since then, the term “Godfatherism” has been a recurring lingo in the political lexicon of our country. So much so that we in the 2019 general elections, major upsets were made, significantly in Kogi State.

Everyone expected Bukola Saraki to return to the Senate but that was not the case. Why? His sister Gbemi had started a revolution, a mass movement tagged “O to gẹ” a phrase in Yoruba meaning, “it is enough”.

It was this movement that led to the loss of the Senatorial Election by the erstwhile President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki. It was the beginning of a new order, the fall of the Godfathers.

.As Edo people celebrate the triumph Governor Godwin Obaseki for another four years term in office as Governor, one new political slang that entered the Nigerian Political lexicon is “Ogbane” a Bini word for “It is finished”.


It was this movement that swept across Edo state, drawing young people to his cause – to rid Edo state of Godfatherism. This slang grew into a movement and soon enough, it became a household name among Edo people alongside “Torgbah” meaning “it must complete”, alluding to Adams Oshomole role as the Godfather of Edo politics.

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INEC has declared the results. It shows that PDP has 307,955 while APC 223,619. PDP has 14 out of the 18 LGA in Edo State.

Like Kogi’s Otoge, is Ogbane the new movement that will lead to the dismantling of Godfatherism in Nigeria?

Could this be the end of Adams Oshomole’s political career? Has the Political Lizard succeeded in toppling the Political Lion?

What do you think?

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  • “Ogbane” or “o to ge” are words or slances geared towards eliminating slavery in politics. Godfatherism is another name for slavery, & can not be stopped except two things are de-emphasized. 1. Monetary sponsorship 2. Blood oath. When the electorate begins to see & ignore the use of money to buy their votes & aspirants are no longer desperate to become honourables, then godfatherism will GRADUALLY end. For this to happen, the aspirants who won elections should fulfill their campaign promises. Until politics is
    brought to this level, where a voter is sure that the dividends will surely come, the voters will continue to collect whatever comes their way as their only benefit.

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