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Tunde Bakare, who is the pastor of Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) was unable to get any vote in the presidential primary election. In the past, he had predicted that he would become the president of Nigeria. Earlier in January, Bakare had set up his project named “Project 16 “. It was during his congregation in which he revealed that he would be the 16th President of Nigeria.

During the launch of his project, Bakare stated, “You are here because you want to see the 16 unveiled. Can you see it? They frighten you with bullion vans, and you run after them. You don’t even bother to check, what are you bringing? What is your manifesto? What are you going to do differently?”

He added “I promise you, I don’t need more than four years to set the template and then for the next generation to build upon it because I am too old. Gowon ruled this country at the age of 34; I am 68, that’s double his age.”

He went on to mention the dream that he had in 2008.

I had a second dream exactly three years after the first one. In the dream, I saw myself on top of a massive white rock like the Snowcat of Switzerland, except it is not unbearably cold. I was sitting between two of the greatest Nigerians of all time: General Yakubu Gowon and Chief Obafemi Awolowo. We were overlooking the map of Nigeria and discussing a bright future and development trajectory.”

During the convention of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu was chosen as the APC’s presidential candidate. He got about 1,271 votes. The former Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi secured around 316 votes and came second.

At the same time, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stood third with 235 votes. Rochas Okorocha, former information minister, along with Ikeobasi Mokelu and industrialist Tein Jack-Rich secured zero votes.

Pastor Tunde Bakare had said that he lost the elections because he had refused to compromise on his values.

He remarked during his ongoing Church’s Sunday Service. “Our heads remain unbowed because we did not compromise on the values that are integral to building a New Nigeria. For us, the means have always been as important as the end.”

Talking about his zero votes, he commented, “This is why we confidently wear our ‘zero votes’ as a badge of zero tolerance for a certain kind of politics.”

He congratulated Tinubu on his victory and still went on to say that he is destined to become the next president.

Bakare has said, “I’m the next president come May 29, 2023.”

However, the truth is that this is not possible. As he had lost the election for a presidential candidate. It is rather amusing that he still claims to become the next president of Nigeria. It has been on the record that he has been claiming to be the next president since 2019. In the past, Bakare had run for the vice-presidential candidate under the leadership of President Buhari.

Nevertheless, it is good to dream, but even better to face the reality.

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