Watching political prophecies fulfill can be a great delight. One of the most intriguing prophecies in the Bible came from the mouth of Elijah, the Tishbite that lived in Gilead. In 1 Kings 17:1, the Bible records how he walked up to King Ahab and told him, “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be rain nor dew these days but according to my word”, KJV. Prophet Elijah was clear, strong, bold and sure of himself and his word to the king as he exited the palace. And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth, 1 Kings 18:1.
He went and showed himself to the king and God sent rain. Whenever a seemingly tough prophecy on any subject fulfills people believe more in God. Again the joy in the heart of the prophet can be inexplicable. On January 1, Bishop Emmah Isong, general overseer of Christian Central Chapel International (CCCI), in Calabar rolled out some 50 prophecies on the state of affairs of the nation, the Christian fold, certain individuals and the international community for the unfolding 2018. In one of the prophecies, (it was number 32), Isong said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP a few years ago, would return to the party.
He said the PDP, as a party was eagerly waiting for the return of the former president to the fold, and quite unwilling to write him off. “PDP is still refusing to give out the seat of OBJ. They are still keeping it for him, though the general is stubborn, at the end he will be tempted to accept the offer.” Those were the words of Bishop Isong on Obasanjo. Many were worried that the statement, said to have come from the Holy Spirit may not fulfill. When Obasanjo angrily left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which he is one of the founding fathers, he allegedly tore his membership card in the full glare of party members. Obasanjo followed up that action by completely denying the party the fatherly role and respected contributions and advice that party members knew him for.
Expectedly, the father of the party became a solid critic of the PDP and, somewhat, a formidable enemy of then President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. All that changed on Thursday when the former president welcomed Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, deputy president during his tenure and presidential flag-bearer of PDP along with national leaders of the party to his home.
“For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the widest and greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the best machinery and preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty campaign ahead through. “From what I personally know of you, you have capacity to perform better than the incumbent.
You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration businessfriendly and boost the economy and provide jobs. “You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to better management of foreign affairs. You are more accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the country in many ways. “And when you become Nigerian president which, Insha-Allah, you will be, remember what we did together in government – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians where merit and performance count more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin. Although some time and ground have been lost, you should endeavour to start from where we stopped and recover some lost ground, if not time,” said Obasanjo.
Those who accompanied Atiku to the meeting to broker peace include the founder of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, Islamic preacher, Ahmed Gumi, Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, Afenifere chieftain Chief Ayo Adebanjo and National chairman, PDP, Uche Secondus. Obasanjo did not declare “I am PDP.”
There wouldn’t be any need for that. When he advocated for the coalition of political parties to oust President Buhari, what he essentially had in mind was PDP. Last Thursday, he received the PDP boss in his Abeokuta home. The relationship between Obasanjo and Atiku had become frosty towards the twilight of the Obasanjo’s administration which ran from 1999 till 2007, when Atiku was accused of working against Obasanjo’s third term bid. But all that is now history as Obasanjo and Atiku join hands to put PDP back in government. Bishop Isong will remain a fulfilled prophet as people keep seeing the fulfilment of his prophecies, including some top political and scary ones.
●Abraham wrote in from Calabar
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