General Overseer of House of Faith Christian Centre, Pastor Tunde Afe, has joined the 2018 governorship race in Ekiti State with the promise to provide the good leadership which the state has been yearning for.
Afe, who said the state, just like Nigeria, needs God-fearing leaders, assured Ekiti State that he was eyeing the governorship position to make a difference in the lives of the populace.
The governorship hopeful, who told journalists in Ado Ekiti on Sunday of his intention to contest the governorship, said he was desirous of fielding a Muslim as a deputy governorship candidate to send a signal that Nigerians are one
Afe stated that he would neither use the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nor the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a platform, saying the two parties have greatly disappointed Nigerians.
The cleric said time has come for all Nigerians, particularly those
that 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.
The prophet stated that he had begun consultations with critical stakeholders on the choice of political party with the right ideology to contest, assuring that the party with a well fitted ideology would be adopted and such would be made public soon.
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.
“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.
“My church has been into role modeling for the youths and also
organizing leadership trainings for them to be good leaders in future.
We are tapping into all these to make Ekiti great.
“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 legitimate 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”.
On his decision to pick a Muslim as Deputy, Pastor Afe stated that “since both Muslims and Christians are Nigerians with legitimate rights, nothing stops me from picking my deputy among the Muslims.
“The issues affecting Nigerians today knew no religion. It knows no
ethnic group, so what we need that we should those who have the fear
of God to take charge and Nigeria will be better for it”.