- Pastor Tunde Bakare has revealed what he went through in 2011 during his brief spell in politics
- He said he was perceived as a traitor by church leaders for accepting to run with President Buhari for the presidential poll
- According to to him, the media contributed in changing the perception of Buhari and the story changed in 2015
The Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly and Convener of Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has revealed how he was viewed by church leaders as a traitor for accepting to run with President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2011 presidential election.
Bakare made the revelation in Lagos on Wednesday, July 11, during the public presentation and launch of three books written by media mogul, Dele Momodu, in honour of the acclaimed winner of the June 12 1993 election, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.
Bakare, however, acknowledged that the media contributed in changing the perception of Buhari and the story changed in 2015 with the pairing of Professor Yemi Osinbajo, a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) with Buhari as running mate.
“I do not think the effort (in 2011) was in vain. Instead I thank God that I took up the challenge and became a barrier breaker.
“Yet, four years later when the mantra became anything but Jonathan, the same church leaders who had said it was inconceivable for a pastor to participate in politics especially in an alignment with a perceived Islamic fundamentalist ate their words and threw their weight behind the same President Muhamamdu Buhari with my brother, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) as running mate,” he said.
He used the occasion to encourage leaders to address the fundamentals of the nation’s challenges bordering on restructuring.
Ogun state-born Bakare, 63, has since retired from active politics after his 2011 foray.
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Meanwhile, Senator Shehu Sani has revealed that both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contracted foreign firms to spy on each other in the months leading up to the 2015 elections.
Sani, an APC lawmaker representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, made the revelation on his Twitter page.
According to him, both parties carried out the action to spy on each other and damage the reputation of each other's candidate. He however cautioned that such tactics should not be employed again in future elections.
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