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Pastor Bakare’s Presidential Fuss

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ElevateNews takes a look at the taunt being made by Latter Rain Assembly Pastor Tunde Bakare on his presidential ambition.

“In the hierarchy of things, Buhari is 15 and I am 16.” The fiery Pastor Tunde Bakare told his congregation at his Latter Rain Assembly last Sunday.

In other words, he said that he would be the next Nigerian president after Muhammadu Buhari. It is not yet clear how this will form because the pastor has no structure yet and will be depending on an already made structure by some other politicians.

Bakare sounds more like a clown rather than a prophet. This is not the first time he will say this but this time, Bakare may be talking from the political situation in the country at present.

Barely 24 hours after the news broke that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was having problem with the Aso Rock cabal and by extension, President Muhammadu Buhari and that the presidency is sourcing for his replacement, which perhaps may be a southern pastor. Bakare announced his prophecy of becoming a president.

Of course, the pastor was the former running mate of Buhari while in the Congress For Progress Change, CPC. Both lost woefully in their presidential bid until the alignment between the CPC and the Action Congress of Nigeria that eventually gave birth to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The fact that Bakare was once Buhari’s running mate does not suggest that the political calculation has remained the same.

For now, he does not belong to any of the political blocs that are in control of the country. Bakare speaks louder without any political structure, clouts and “godfatherism”. He will claim he does not need the support of any godfather because he has the God Almighty.

He should also remember that God rules the affairs of men and in Nigeria’s politics and democracy today. There are power blocs, which Bakare must align with if he must realise his presidential ambition. He said he was made for this purpose, to become Nigerian president.

Where does Bakare belong? He belongs to the church and Pentecostalism, which to me is the factor that will work against him. The war within the church is more turbulent than the one outside the church.

What is happening to Osinbajo right now is a strategy to kill his presidential ambition come 2023. He has been quiet all the while except that he mentioned that there were five columnists sabotaging the government of Buhari.

Nevertheless, Osinbajo may be more favoured if the church must produce the next Nigerian president from southwestern Nigeria, going by the denomination he attends.

There are some religious forces in the Southwest that will stand against Osinbajo anyway, those that will not favour Bakare are also in multitude.

The noise about the rancour between Osinbajo and Buhari is a bit subsided after the series of denials by the presidency that many stories flying around are speculative, this has not suggested that all is well.

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