Popular pastor, Tunde Bakare, formally declares himself for president

Popular cleric and senior pastor of Citadel Global Community Church, Lagos, Tunde Bakare, on Monday formally declared his candidacy for the presidency on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress ((APC). Bakare, President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in the 2011 presidential election, made the statement in Abuja, promising to set up a peace and reconciliation commission within 100 days in office, if elected in 2023. The cleric had last week purchased the ruling party’s N100 million expression of interest and nomination forms, joining 20 others who have already purchased the forms. He said his campaign would be anchored on four pillars of peace, progress, prosperity and possibility. In his speech, Mr. Bakare explained that the peace and reconciliation commission would be mandated to engage all aggrieved groups in Nigeria and secure their commitment to dialogue for a true nation. To address the grievances, Bakare has promised to undertake constitutional reforms to devolved powers. “We will provide political leadership towards a pragmatic approach to constitutional reforms with a view to decentralizing government… Nigerians, the government will become more mobile and closer to you.” Buhari is 15 years old, I am 16— Bakare PREMIUM TIMES had reported how Mr. Bakare had said in a video that went viral in 2020 that he would be Mr. Buhari’s successor. “Take it to the top of the mountain, if you’ve never heard it before, I’m telling you this morning in the scheme of things, when it comes to Nigerian politics, President Muhammadu Buhari is number 15, and I’m number sixteen, “If he (Buhari) wants to race in 2019, I am not against it. He’s still number 15. That’s when he comes out that I come in,” she said. He went further by comparing himself and Mr. Buhari to biblical figures: Moses and Joshua. “His assignment is like that of Moses to take Nigeria to the Jordan River, but he cannot cross it; it will take a Joshua to go to the other side and start distributing resources to the people of this nation,” he had said. Last year, Bakare even urged the president to nominate a successor to succeed him, prompting a response from Femi Adesina that “the president will not choose a successor.” Adesina added: “We know him (Buhari), he is not someone like that. Will he be interested in the process? If he will. He will ensure that there are free, fair and credible elections; that no one will come to use money and resources to cheat their way to the leadership of the country.” Bakare, despite his relationship with Buhari, has repeatedly criticized the current administration. Great APC presidential race… Mr Bakare will have to compete for the APC ticket with his relatives from Ogun State, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Governor of Ogun State Ibikunle Amosun and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Dimeji Bankole. In addition, there is the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, and Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State. Former Senate President Ken Nnamani, Minister of State for Education Emeka Nwajiuba, Minister for Labor and Employment Chris Ngige, Former Governor of Imo Rochas Okorocha, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, Minister of Science and Tech, Ogbonnaya Onu, and former Governor and sitting Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, all from the southeast, are also in the running. In addition, Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, Cross River Governor Ben Ayade, former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio are the South-South candidates. Other contenders are Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa state and Sani Yerima of the northwest. Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state is the only candidate from the center-north. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Popular pastor, Tunde Bakare, formally declares himself for president