Okotie Ask PDP And APC To Adopt Him As Their Presidential Candidate
Rev. Chris Okotie, the Pastor of the Household of God Church, on Sunday declared his intention to run again for the presidency come 2019.
Okotie, had contested three times in this respective years, 2003, 2007 and 2011, the clergy man revealed his desire to run during the Sunday service in his church in the Oregun area of Lagos.
Okotie stated that he had woken up from his break from the political ground, based on his believe that Nigeria needed a credible, dependable and a trustworthy man to lead.
He stated that the problems affecting Nigeria were not political, and that he believed that the solutions to such problem were not in the hands of the ruling All Progressives Congress nor the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said he had indeed written to the national chairmen of the two main parties, urging them not to field any presidential candidate for next year’s general elections but to adopt him (Okotie) as a consensus presidential candidate.
While saying that divisiveness and religious fundamentalism threatened the continued existence of Nigeria as one nation, the cleric urged the APC and the PDP to support his proposed “Government of National Reconciliation and Reconstruction.”
“I have re-emerged from my political hibernation to contest 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 is embroidered with compassion and love for (this) country. A man who will be readily accepted as a symbol of national unity, who can bring genuine reconciliation and guarantee peace and tranquillity in our nation.
“A man who is completely insulated from the variegated conflicts that mark the antecedents of our major political actors. A man who can apply the principle of malice towards none and charity for all; who can invoke a pan-Nigerian philosophy to reject the partisan provincialism of finger pointing at this time when Nigeria is threatened by existential adversaries. A man with the requisite intellectual capacity and moral perpendicularity. I believe that the benevolent grace of God has telescoped these virtues into my person, to prepare for such a time as this,” Okotie said.
He said his mandate has changed from the of 2011 and this time around was to set up an interim government, which he had named “Government of National Reconciliation and Reconstruction,” that would birth a new Nigeria.
“Nigeria is in dire need of restructuring. Our federalism is simply terminological inexactitude. It is a realistic piece of fakery. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is obsolete, retrogressive and subversive to the Nigerian cause. It can no longer subsist as a legal protocol to guarantee the peaceful coexistence of autonomous ethnicities. No extant or subsisting government can right these aberrations, for obvious reasons of parochial party considerations and entrenched partisan rivalries within the polity,” he added.
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