Household of God Church pastor and one time presidential candidate of Fresh Party, Rev Chris Okotie has called on the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to adopt him as their consensus candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
Okotie made the call in a letter he wrote separately to both chairmen of the parties, Adams Oshiomhole of the APC and Uche Secondus of PDP.
Reading the contents of the letters on Sunday during a special church service, Okotie said he would run a ‘Government of National Reconciliation and Reconstruction’.
The cleric, who read and distributed copies of similar letters he addressed to both Oshiomhole and Secondus, urged the two parties not to conduct primaries for aspirants to the position, but adopt him as their consensus presidential candidate.
Okotie, who lamented the state of the nation, said that Nigerians had been confronted by what he termed “existential threats that seek to engender the fragmentation and disintegration of our nation as a holistic entity.”
He added: “Nigeria has become a divided and segregated society like never before. We have become polarised by ethnicity; we have become balkanised by religious fundamentalism. We have become fractured by political insensitivity and leadership disability.”
Okotie, a musician turned cleric and politician, stressed that having been burdened by the current happenings in the country, especially the Boko Haram insurgency and the herdsmen attacks which had claimed thousands of lives, and having been in prayers, received a divine instruction to throw in the gauntlet once more to rescue the nation.
The cleric, who was dressed in national colours during the service and had directed his workers to distribute the national flag to all worshipers during the service, said he had been compelled by the spirit of patriotic service to “re-emerge from my political hibernation to contest for the Office of President in the forthcoming elections.”
He continued: “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 country; a man who will be readily accepted as a symbol of national unity, who can bring genuine reconciliation and guarantee peace and tranquility in our nation.”
Okotie said the country also needed one who had been completely insulated from the variegated conflicts that marked the antecedents of the nation’s major political actors.
He added that Nigeria needed “a man who can apply the principles of ‘malice towards none and charity for all; who can invoke a Pan-Nigerian philosophy that rejects 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 me for such a time as this.”
Okotie maintained that Nigeria was in dire need of restructuring, adding, “Our federation 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 (the Constituion) can no longer subsist as the legal protocol that guarantees the peaceful co-existence 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 said his mandate would be to set up an interim government, which he christened ‘Government of National Reconciliation and Reconstruction’ as a mechanical instrumentality for the realisation of the new Nigeria of the people’s dream.
“It would be predicated on a new concept of Aboriginal democracy. Our current democracy has been hijacked by elitism, mysticism and Satanism. Aboriginal democracy will focus on cultural historicity, evolutional modernity and global indigenisation.
“Under this system, the current legislature would merge with the judiciary to create a unique judicature that administers justice and shares the enactment of legislative responsibilities with the Presidency. This would save us the huge cost of running the national Assembly and obviate all the paralysing debates that often stalled the passage of bills,” he declared.
Okotie stated that in humility and deference to the nation’s democratic institutions, “I appeal to the APC to subscribe its support to this deal by adopting me as a consensus presidential candidate at the next elections.
“I ask the APC, respectively, within the confines of conventional propriety, to temporise and observe a peaceful hiatus in the commonality of the Nigerian brotherhood; and embrace me as a consensus remedial facilitator.
“This, of course, is tantamount to a paradigm shift and the only way forward. I have extended the same overtures to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”
Amidst cheers by thousands of worshipers, Okotie concluded, “With this, I am declaring for the Presidency of Nigeria.”
Okotie, however, could not entertain questions from invited newsmen after declaring his intention.