When will Godfatherism end in politics

Godfathers don’t vie for public office themselves, but many believe they are the ones who decide the election winners and losers. These are actors who supposedly pull strings behind the scene in the political world. They are political sponsors, who use money and influence to win support for their preferred candidates. Critics do argue that these influential people don’t consider whether their preferred choice is suitable for the seat or otherwise. Godsons are not always selected for their political understanding, but rather on their ability to enrich and heed their godfather. This is debatable, though.

In the world of today, we now have a situation where there’s a big man who wields enormous political power, and he anoints a godson, who he adopts as a candidate for a particular public office, which was unequivocally meant for every citizen of that state.


It is an issue of concern because the earliest frontiers of leadership, governance, and responsibility; Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad didn’t instill any forceful successor after they left the world, and they remain relevant till this moment. It’s a different story now, some of these godfathers are not out for the dollar, they just want respect, they want to be worshiped if they come into the state, they want to be recognized as the most important person in that state.

This isn’t a peculiarity of a specific region or continent; it has grown to stay as a grand norm in the political environment all over the world. It should even bother every concerned individual that this whole idea has grown to become a zero-sum game between fathers and sons lately.


The godfather does all that is reasonably possible to get the godson appointed into public office, and before the first quarter of the tenure, the father has disowned the son or the son has flattened the father. Why is this happening? There is a dire need to dissect this ridiculous power-play because the governor of your state or the president of your country is either on the verge of anointing a successor or was previously scouted by some godfather.


Godfathers are always influential. Most often, they are, or were, political office holders or predecessors who want to anoint a successor. They do so because they want someone who will cover up their misdoings and won’t go after them for embezzlement after they leave the office.

Democracy as a system of government that requires people’s active participation wields significant power to local and grassroots politicians. These traditional actors turn themselves to demigod immediately their anointed candidate got sworn in. It becomes more depressing when satisfying the godfathers become the first schedule of the godson.

Godfatherism, as milky as it sounds, gets messy when the battle for the hats takes full force. Often, the father may want a particular program implemented or modified, and the godson reminds that he is the one in charge in such regard. This is the preliminary round of the scourge godfatherism rains on politics.

Also, the inevitable question of ego peculiar to holders of pubic offices plays its part too. Before godfathers know it, godsons become political players in their own right. It becomes inevitable that they fall out with their godfathers. The being that the spirit of power can’t corrupt is yet to be born; godsons gain some sort of troubling confidence, which shortens the term that godfathers will have to keep their hold on power with them.

Another thing is the iota of greediness that lives with every human being. Having known that the state is the enormous source of revenue and wealth accumulation, both the godfather and the godson will want to have the hold of the public treasury, which will surely invite a heavyweight bout that punches won’t even resolve between the father and son.


As earlier stated, democracy is about the people, but godfatherism is a tool that allows few individuals to take critical political decisions that concern the generality. We at meptweet.com believe that such a system as brutal and vague as godfatherism cannot make democracy thrive. Get back to us in the comment section.

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