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Number 16: I Am Still Hopeful, Tunde Bakare Says, As Jubilant Supporters Welcome Him Back To Lagos

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Pastor Tunde Bakare, who failed to clinch the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the party’s primaries, has restated his confidence in assuming the office of the president in 2023.

The serving overseer of Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC), who has been telling his congregation and pressmen that he would take over as the 16th president from the incumbent, Muhammadu Buhari, was among the contenders defeated by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the primaries, held in Abuja.

Bakare and his wife, Olayide

Addressing supporters, made up mostly of members of his Church, who converged on the Murtala Mohammed Airport (MM1), Ikeja, on Thursday, to welcome him back to Lagos, Bakare said, “I still have the hope to become the 16th president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I don’t care who is on the way. By the time the dust settles, we will stand in,” he added.

Before voting commenced at the Eagle Square on Wednesday, he had also said, “I am not here to step down for anyone. I am here to step up as the 16th president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The jubilant supporters, who sang thanksgiving songs, danced to trumpet sounds as well as drum beats and carried placards, with inscriptions, such as “The AUDACIOUS PTB” and “WE LOVE YOU,” to welcome the cleric, who was in the company of his wife, Olayide.

Most of them told newsmen that they shared the conviction of their “hero” and that it is a matter of time before the vision is fulfilled.

“Until the 2023 swearing-in ceremony, all hope is not lost for the cleric,” one of them said.

Mobilising the supporters to the airport reception, the Executive Council of CGCC, in an internal memo, titled “SURPRISE WELCOME FOR OUR HERO” and sighted by our reporter, said, “today, we want to welcome our Hero back home at Ikeja local airport MM1 by 4pm.

“The command was given, politics is not over for you, there is one thing left for you to do, run for the president, I will make it happen.

“Our Pastor, Father and Hero has obeyed this call. He stood strong on his convictions, stood tenaciously on the word: you can win by righteousness, and declared it boldly for all to hear.”

Meanwhile, after Bakare lost in his bid to secure the APC presidential ticket, many Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora, have queried his claims that God told him he would be the 16th president of Nigeria after Buhari.

They wondered why he still holds on to this claim even after being unable to secure a single vote at the primaries.

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