The General Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has called on Igbo to play mainstream politics to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Speaking in an Instagram Live interview with the publisher of Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu, the former Vice-Presidential candidate said he will love to have someone from Igbo extraction as president.
The clergyman noted that democracy which Nigeria practices is a ruthless game of numbers and South Easterners must be ready to form an alliance.
“Democracy is a ruthless game of number. For as long as we practice politics the way we do and majority will carry the vote, it will very difficult for anyone whether it’s in the north-central, northeast, south-south. If you don’t have the number, you cannot become president of Nigeria,” he said.
He added “My take on this is let us practice what I call value-added politics, politics of breakthrough where any citizen that is competent and any citizen that has what it takes regardless of whether he’s from the south-east or south-west, let him be in charge of our affairs. Honestly, my eyes have seen it, I participated in it. President Buhari was having over a million vote every time but he did not become president of Nigeria until the merger took place.”
Pastor Tunde Bakare pointed out that for any individual to become president, he or she must be ready to for alliance with the north and south.
He warned that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) is not strong enough to help Igbos succeed President Buhari in 2023.
“The Igbos are my brothers and sisters, God bless them, I love them and I care about them. They should also come to mainstream politics because APGA as a party cannot win a presidential election in Nigeria. Yes, every citizen of this country can aspire to that position regardless of ethnic personality and I will be too glad to see an Igbo president but let us always remember that democracy is a ruthless game of number and if you don’t have the number you cannot continue to shout marginalization, you should join mainstream politics and find a way of reaching out to others to form some kind of alliance or merger that will produce victory at the poll.”