- One of Nigerian popular pastors, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has predicted that Senate president Bukola Saraki would win 2019 presidential election
- Saraki had told Bloomberg that he was considering running against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019
- Ayodele, however, said that the former vice president Atiku Abubakar might not go far in his presidential ambition
The founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele, has said the Senate president Bukola Saraki would win the 2019 presidential election if he grabs the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Punch reports that he, however, warned that the 2019 election would be tougher than that of 2015.
NAIJ.com gathered that the cleric said he saw storms that period but was quick to add that the country would still survive the period.
He warned that the raging National Assembly crisis might lead to the collapse of democracy in Nigeria if not well handled.
Ayodele spoke on Wednesday, August 15, in Ikere-Ekiti at an empowerment programme he organised in memory of his late father, Elder Olalekan Ayodele, who died 15 years ago.
He donated cash and foodstuff to hundreds of widows and orphans at the event which he said was a means of giving them succour and a sense of belonging.
Ayodele also advised the Ekiti state governor-elect, Kayode Fayemi, to listen to the people for him to succeed in his administration.
He advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to put its house in order in Osun state to achieve victory at the September 22 governorship election.
On the National Assembly crisis, he said: “Whatever they are doing in the Senate or in government, that is their own problem.
“I have said that nobody can remove Saraki, I don’t know Saraki, I have not met Saraki and I don’t know Godswill Akpabio. The issue of Saraki, I am not interested because I am not a politician.
“Who is that politician that is not corrupt and who is that politician that does not steal money? Saraki is one of the anointed persons in this country. I don’t see Atiku going too far.
“I am not defending Saraki but if Saraki is removed, PDP will sink and if PDP wants to move forward and Saraki having the ticket, PDP will win.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Senate president Bukola Saraki, was quoted to have said to be considering running against President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections.
According to Bloomberg, Saraki said in an interview at his residence in Abuja: "I am consulting and actively considering it. I believe I can make the change.
“The PDP has learnt its lesson from the loss in 2015, and I think unfortunately the APC did not learn from their victory.
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"We have the opportunity with the right kind of presidential candidate and president to provide the leadership for the party. The party has a good opportunity to lead the country in the right direction.”
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