A popular Pentecostal preacher based in Ekiti State, Reverend Tunde Afe, has declared intent to vie for the governorship seat in the July14, 2018 poll.
Afe, who is the Founder/General Overseer of House of Faith Christian Centre with headquarters in Ado-Ekiti, said he was joining the governorship race to make the difference in the life of the people.
Addressing a news conference in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, Afe declared that he would not contest on the platform of the two major political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, the two big parties have woefully failed Nigerians during their time in power. Afe promised to disclose the platform he would use to contest as soon as he concludes consultations.
The cleric also promised to field a Muslim as his deputy governorship candidate to have religious balancing and to send a signal that Nigerians are one in spirit.
According to him, time has come for Nigerians who mean well for the country to rise up and take leadership positions, to prevent total collapse of the system due to activities of corrupt politicians.
He said: “I didn’t receive any special direction before taking this step, because every Nigerian knows that the country is in dire need of good leadership and as a man of God who believes that things must be done properly, I have no reason to sit back while things degenerate.”
Afe continued: “Look at what is happening in Nigeria today. I mean killings everywhere and the best way to address this is by using Ekiti as a launch pad for good governance in Nigeria. All those that had ruled Ekiti did their best, but I think I can do better because I won’t take whatever that doesn’t belong to me as a benefit in government because I fear God.
“Let me say this: if all the governors and those occupying leadership positions take what are legitimately due to them alone as benefits, Nigeria will be far better than this and that is exactly what I am going to use my aspiration to teach.”