Hand Over To Me As Interim President - Pastor Okotie Begs Buhari - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Sunday, June 19, 2022

Hand Over To Me As Interim President - Pastor Okotie Begs Buhari

••• Says The System That Announced Obi Is Taking No Where

             • Rev. Okotie

| The Daily Crucible | Sunday, June 19, 2022

By Dare Oguntoyinbo (Lagos)

Flamboyant Lagos pastor and founder of Household of God Church, Rev. Chris Okotie, on Sunday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over the government of Nigeria to him as Interim President when the tenure of his administration ends in May 2023.

Okotie also called on the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party(LP), Peter Obi, to step down for him, saying the system that threw up the former governor of Anambra State is taking him to no where regarding his presidential aspiration.

The cleric said these steps should be  followed by Buhari and Obi "because that is the only solution to Nigeria’s predicaments.”

He also urged Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of All Progressives Congress(APC) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of People's Democratic Party (PDP) - both presidential candidates, to step down for him as the head of the interim government he seeks.

The pastor made the appeal while addressing newsmen at his Church, Oregun, Ikeja during his 63rd birthday anniversary.

He reckoned that the only way out of the nation’s predicaments is for President Buhari to hand over to him as the head of interim government.

Okotie said: “We are blessed as a nation with all human and natural resources yet we are not moving forward. Through my government, everything will be alright.

“I want to appeal to all presidential candidates to withdraw from the race and allow me to come in as the interim president. I want to implore Asiwaju to support my government for the betterment of the country and I also want to tell Obi that the system that introduced him cannot take him anywhere, because he cannot operate in the system we have now. All the presidential candidates should support me to succeed President Buhari as the interim president.

“We must also rise above tribe and religion because there is imbalance in the country and we are not practising federalism instead, what we are practising is presidential system of government. Since 1999, things have been declining because the presidential system of government we are practising has failed us.

“We must get rid of the National and State Assemblies, because maintaining each members cost the country billions of naira. Some of the standing committees at both assemblies are not useful to the country, they are only representing themselves, not the populace.
“For the best of the country, both assemblies should be scrapped and the money for maintaining them should be used for something else. What we have in Nigeria today is government of the party, by the party and for the party.

“Ministers and the Commissioners should also be expunged, because Nigeria’s democracy has been hijacked by the elite for their interest and they are deceiving the downtrodden who don’t know anything. And the most important of all is our constitution. It should be changed to people oriented constitution, not the military one we have now. After the change, we can then restructure the country for better.

“If I am made the interim president, our government will be a transparent one and we will redirect the steps of the youth who are into internet fraudsters and turned them to better persons in the society and empower them. While a young person with inclination to technology advancement will ensure financial accountability of government and each state will have control of their national resources. First, we emulated British and now we are copying America style of democracy that didn’t take us anywhere.

“The presidential system of government has failed us woefully. We should enable professional association constitutionally to acquire legislative power as a replacement for the removal of the legislature from our political system. And we should also embrace the concept of aboriginal democracy, that is a government from the people, for the people and with the people. This is distinct from the current experience of political parties which is government of the party, the party and for the party.

“My government will be that of National Reconciliation and Reconstruction. The interim government shall address aberration and anomalies in the polity. I want implore all Nigerians to join hands in the conversations that would enable a transition to an interim government at the end of President Buhari’s administration”.

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