A touch of the divine has been brought to the 2019 general election as Chris Okotie, general overseer of the Household of God Church, says God has asked him to tell the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to adopt him as consensus presidential candidate.
Declaring his intent to run in the 2019 presidential race during a church service Sunday, Okotie said the time had come for truth and transparency in government, TheCable writes.
“Nigeria has become a divided and segregated society like never before,” the flamboyant cleric said.
“The dream of a great Nigeria which flowered at independence, the yearnings and aspirations of the people and the Nigerian brotherhood whose ensign dominated the political horizon at independence have all been consigned to oblivion.
“Times like this require the recruitment of patriotic gladiators who must now take up the gauntlet to defend the Nigerian dream.
“I have re-emerged from my political hibernation to contest for the office of president in the forthcoming elections. I am fully persuaded that Nigeria needs a man who is credible, dependable and trustworthy; a God-fearing man who will be readily embroidered with compassion and love for country who will be readily accepted as a symbol of national unity.
“I believe that the benevolent grace of God has telescoped these virtues into my person, to prepare me for such at a time as this.
“A few days ago, the Lord asked me to write a letter to the chairman of the APC and the chairman of PDP, asking them not to field any presidential and that they should adopt me as their consensus candidate.
“In sincere humility and deference to our democratic institutions, I appeal to the APC and PDP to subscribe to this ideal by adopting me as a consensus presidential candidate at the next elections.
“I ask the APC and PDP, respectfully, within the confines of conventional propriety, to temporise and observe a peaceful hiatus in the commonality of the Nigerian brotherhood, and embrace me as a consensus remedial facilitator.”
This won’t be his first foray into politics as he contested the presidential election in 2003 and 2007, and lost.
Wonder if he’ll be a third time lucky…