The All Progressives Congress House of Representatives candidate for Eti Osa Federal Constituency, Lagos State, Ibrahim Obanikoro, on Monday said his father, Musiliu Obanikoro, is his godfather.
Ibrahim denied that his father was convicted of corruption charges while a minister under the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
He spoke during a debate organised by MediaHub in conjunction with Pulse Nigeria and British Broadcasting Corporation Pidgin News.
Ibrahim, who claimed to have been running for elective posts since 2011 when he was 29, said godfatherism is an important element of politics.
He said, “I do have a godfather in my party. My father is my godfather. Talking about godfatherism, where do you want me to put Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu? It is an internal arrangement. You need them to move forward. They are more experienced. But to say you don’t need a godfather is a lie. What you need to draw is a balance.”
A participant at the debate queried why Ibrahim came out for an elective post despite allegations of corruption against his father in which his name (Ibrahim) was also mentioned.
She asked if the PDP candidate was not using funds from the arms deal scandal for his campaign.
“I will encourage you to do your research very well. My father was in charge of the ministries of foreign affairs and defence in this country and nothing was reported to be missing. He was a commissioner in Lagos. If you don’t understand politics, you may not know what is going on. Make your research very well,” Ibrahim said.