Pastor Tunde Bakare, Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos, has declared his intentions in a live Instagram chat on Tuesday night with popular journalist, Dele Momodu, to run for Presidency in Nigeria.
This he said, that becoming the president of Nigeria was his life-long aspiration.
“As a servant of God the Most High, President Buhari and I have never discussed it, not once. I say that publicly today and if anybody has anything to the contrary, he can bring it to the open. We have never said it. He had never said to me, I confide in you, you are the man I would, no, not once, I express my own desire.
“And if you care to know, this is not the first time I said it. I said it in Lisabi Grammar School in 1973. Ask my classmates, they will tell you I said one day, I will be the president of Nigeria.
“In 1984, I mentioned it to Pastor Adeboye, he is still alive. Before I proposed to my wife in 1982, I said it to her that one day I will be the president of Nigeria.
It was something that I had seen as a little boy that I have something to offer my country and this country can be better than this and I will do my best to give it the best shot but it is not driven by inordinate ambition,” he added.
Bakare said, he believes that he still has a lot to contribute to the development of the nation, though he didn’t specify if he will be running for the seat of the presidency come 2023.
You would recall that Bakare was the running mate to Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in the 2011 presidential election. They contested under the banner of the Congress for Progressive Change, but lost to former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his deputy, Vice-President Namadi Sambo of the People’s Democratic Party.
In 2015, Buhari contested again with Yemi Osinbajo under the All Progressives Congress – APC, and won the election. Buhari promised Change as well as this was the mantra of the ruling party in 2015.
“Rather than getting the change, it appears that we have been short-changed”, Bakare said.
The cleric also made it known that he has not forfeited the intentions of running for the position of the president and his intention is not propelled by any inordinate interest.
Bakare also disclosed, that he did not have or sign any agreement with Buhari concerning his intentions or handing power over to him in 2023, nor did he sign any pact to run a joint ticket in the 2023 presidential election with Governor