Pastor Tunde Bakare, a presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress, has promised to revolutionize Nigeria if elected.
Pastor Bakare, unlike the other contenders, did not withdraw for any candidate.
Rather, he voiced confidence in his ability to succeed as Nigeria’s future president.
The cleric had called for a one-minute silence before his statement for the victims of the terrorist attack on Sunday at the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
“I’m not here to take anyone’s place. He remarked, “I am here to take office as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Pastor Bakare further stated that if elected, he will develop Nigeria like a genius.
On Tuesday, APC delegates gathered to vote in a primary election to select the party’s nominee for the 2019 election to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
More than 2,300 APC delegates will choose the candidate to go against 75-year-old Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the presidential election on February 25.
Buhari, who is standing down after serving the constitutionally mandated two terms, arrived at the Eagle Square conference center early in the evening, just before voting began.
The Nigerian president has spent the days running up to the convention in talks with the APC’s leaders, attempting to reach an agreement on a party candidate.
“What we do here will determine the fate of the party,” said APC party chairman Abdullahi Adamu, reiterating Buhari’s demand for unity within the ranks.
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“We can’t go into next year’s general election without putting our house in order.”
Part of the APC’s candidate debate revolves around “zoning,” an unspoken agreement among political elites that the president of Nigeria should rotate between those from the primarily Christian south and those from the predominantly Muslim north.
Following Buhari’s victory in the north, commentators predicted that the presidency would go to a candidate from the south.
However, Abubakar, a former vice president and political stalwart who is a northern Muslim, was chosen by the PDP, which had its primary on May 28 and 29.
The opposition’s decision to ignore “zoning” has caused the APC to rethink how its candidate will appeal to voters in the north, where turnout and involvement have historically been greater.
Buhari, the ruling party’s leader, has not stated his support for any candidate and has told APC members to “let the delegates decide.“
“Our goal must be the success of our party, and our candidate must be someone who will instill a sense of victory and confidence in the Nigerian people even before the polls,” he stated last week.
Hundreds of APC supporters dressed in party colors of green, white, and red gathered in and around the location early Tuesday, prompting heavy security deployment in central Abuja.