The President of Nigeria Coalition of Pastors for Good Leaders, Apostle Babatunde Oguntimehin has come out to state reasons why the presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi would not win at the forthcoming general election.
Oguntimehin explained that even though Obi is a good person and a Christian like him, he has yet to get that political muscle to win the presidential election.
According to him, he is yet to see the handshake of Obi across the length and breadth of the country that can give him enough votes to become the president, “except we are deceiving ourselves.”
The group of pastors in Abuja had last week declared support for Tinubu’s presidential bid, an action that attracted criticisms from Christian bodies like the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) among others.
Naija News reports that Oguntimehin told Punch that he had nothing against Obi’s candidature, “I am only being realistic politically. I want to tell his followers that he cannot win the presidential election for now.”
He queried who are “the governors, prominent politicians in the North backing Peter Obi and can give him bloc votes?”
The Apostle also submitted that “On Peter Obi. But we have looked at it critically, we should not miss this chance for power to come to the South. Peter Obi is a good person and a Christian like me, I am not against his candidature. I am only being realistic politically. I want to tell his followers that he cannot win the presidential election for now. He has yet to get the political muscle to do that.
“Buhari had constantly been winning elections in the North but until he shook hands across the Niger, he couldn’t become President. Obi is not even as popular in the South as Buhari was in the North. I am yet to see the handshake of Peter Obi across the length and breadth of the country that can give him enough votes to become the President, except we are deceiving ourselves. Who are the governors, and prominent politicians in the North backing Peter Obi and can give him bloc votes?”
He advanced that the group of Abuja pastors are not supporting political parties, but candidates, adding that “Our pastors are from the grassroots. Forget about the crowds you see in those (big) churches, they may not come out to vote on election day. I am not against Senior Pastor Paul Enenche, Adeboye and others; we respect them and we cannot speak ill of them. I am just only being politically realistic.
” The basis (of our decision) should be good governance and not same faith ticket. Peter Obi, who is a Christian, can get there tomorrow and mess up. Priority should be on who can give us good governance. Bola Ahmed is the only qualified candidate. He is a good man.”