Bakare: Nigerians have credible alternative to Buhari, Atiku

The Serving Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said that the electorate have a credible presidential alternative to the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Speaking yesterday in Lagos at a state of the nation address tagged: “The Prophetic Portrait of Nigeria in Her Later Days,” the clergyman said he was not endorsing any of the 73 presidential candidates but urged Nigerians to vote for the candidate that believes and follows nationhood. Bakare, who is the convener of the Save Nigeria Group, noted that the country needed a uniting force that can rally her diverse strengths around a common narrative, towards a common objective, to achieve a common vision, stressed that a new Nigeria beckons after the election. While referring to the new generation of political office holders as new breed seeking to disrupt the political space, the 2011 presidential running mate to Buhari singled out the candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, among the presidential contenders, stating that her candidature gives him much hope for the near future.

He said: “Her brilliance, experience, sacrificial service to our nation, antecedents at championing and executing pro-people and pro-good governance reforms, compassionate yet dogged belief in the Nigerian potential, and her faith in the God-ordained plan for Nigeria, are unmatched by any of the other new breed candidates.

“One thing is very clear in my mind: with her candidacy, no Nigerian can reasonably say after the election that there was no credible alternative to the status quo in 2019.” While urging Nigerians to put Nigeria first, Bakare said the country should approach the current matter involving the highest judicial officer of the land without bias, in the interest of justice and accountability. He said: “Note, in addition, that the prosecutors must themselves operate in accordance with due process, with utmost respect for the independence of the judiciary, and in compliance with constitutional provisions on both substantive and procedural matters, knowing that two wrongs, no matter how seemingly wellintentioned, cannot make a right.

“This ethos of regard for due process, respect for the rule of law, and reverence for justice over politics, is the spirit of the Nigeria of our dreams.” The clergyman cautioned Nigerians to be mindful of politicians as the country approaches 2019 election. “It is in this regard that I look forward to a Presidential Commission on National Reconciliation, Reintegration and Restructuring, a team of incorruptible Nigerians of unquestionable integrity and bridge-building antecedents, endowed with wisdom and judgement, driven by unshaken faith in the essence and possibilities of the Nigerian nation, who can work with the presidency and the National and State Assemblies towards restructuring a united Nigeria.

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