Our reporter/ The overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Tunde Bakare on Tuesday said scoring zero votes with his true identity in last year’s presidential primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was an honour to him.
The outspoken cleric stated this while reacting to comments credited to Femi Fani-Kayode, director of new media of APC campaign council.
Fani-Kayode’s comment came on the heels of Sunday’s call by Bakare on Nigerians to reject politicians who practice “emi lo kan” kind of politics because they do not intend to serve the people.
“Emi lo kan” is a Yoruba phrase that loosely translates to “it is my turn”. It was popularised by Tinubu following an outburst in 2022 shortly before the APC presidential primary in Abuja.
Responding to the call, Fani-Kayode called Bakare a political neophyte and urged Nigerians to disregard him.
“Bakare got zero votes at the convention. With due respect to him, he is a political paperweight, a political neophyte,” he said.
But speaking in his church on Tuesday, Bakare wondered why Fani-Kayode replied to him if he was a paperweight.
“Why are they then giving any thought to what I said? Maybe their alleged ‘paperweight’ is too heavy for them to carry,” the pastor said.
“Can someone tell these people that scoring zero in a primary election with one’s true identity and credentials intact as well as having original certificates from well-known schools: primary, secondary, colleges, and universities within and outside of this nation is a veritable badge of honor, absolutely legit and unquestionable.
“He said that I did a video asking members of our church to vote for their candidate and then turned around to ask them not to vote for him.
“Unfortunately, there is no such video containing such falsehood.”