Pastor Tunde Bakare scores zero votes at APC presidential primary

Tunde Bakare

Senior pastor of Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) Tunde Bakare scored zero votes at the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Abuja.

This was announced after the sorting of ballots on Wednesday, June 8 following the end of voting.

Bakare, who was President Muhammadu Buhari’s running mate in 2011, bought the N100 million presidential forms in early May.

In September 2019, the clergyman said God told him he would succeed President Buhari in 2023.

Just before the convention began, Bakare told Channels TV that he pitched his candidacy to the delegates through bulk SMS.

His words: “I got to all the delegates and sent them bulk SMS in different languages. There is no single delegate – not the ones that have been banned because when they were running all around, they were going to statutory delegates that cannot vote.

“I didn’t go to them. I got the information and booklet of all the delegates in every state and every local government and everyone got a message from me, and many responded.”

Bakare also said he did not believe in financial inducement to get votes.

“The delegates will vote for whoever they choose. We must stop all these financial inducements. If delegates and citizens allow politicians to take advantage of them, they will visit them around elections and rob their treasury for the next four years. We want to bring change into that order,” he said.

Insisting he would succeed Buhari, the preacher said, “I carry grace, favour and God-factor. Give me an opportunity to speak to the delegates and let’s see what will happen. I will be the 16th president, and when that time comes, number 15 must help number 16 because I did a great deal to ensure number 15 is enthroned in this country. I am a man of faith and what I speak is full of faith.”