By: OLADELE ADEDAYO,.Ado-Ekiti
As the race to the 2019 general elections appeared to have begun in earnest,a renowned seer, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, has warned that Nigerians especially the politicians should desist from acts that could bring abrupt end to the nation’s democracy.
Ayodele, who is the founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church,however warned that the ‘political coup’ being allegedly hatched by politicians on the raging National Assembly crisis may lead to the collapse of democracy in Nigeria.
He predicted that the 2019 general elections will be tougher than the 2015 polls saying he foresees a storm ahead of next year’s polls.
The clergyman predicted that embattled Senate President Bukola Saraki will win the presidential election if he grabs the ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Ayodele spoke on Wednesday in his native Ikere-Ekiti at an empowerment programme he organized in memory of his late father, Elder Olalekan Oluwadare Ayodele, who passed on fifteen years ago.
Ayodele donated cash and foodstuff to hundreds of widows and orphans at the event which he said was a means of giving them succor and a sense of belonging.
He suggested the creation of a special ministry to cater for the need of the vulnerable segment of the society noting that government poverty alleviation schemes fail because they are politicized.
Ayodele also advised Ekiti State governor-elect, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to listen to the people for him to succeed in his administration.
He advised Fayemi to carry the people along in his day-to-day running of government promising to be part of the people to checkmate the governor-elect when his regime takes off.
Ayodele advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to put its house in order in Osun State to achieve victory at the September 22 governorship election.
He said the Osun APC has the “right candidate” adding that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has to take lots of drastic action before making headway.
Commenting on the state of the nation, Ayodele said: “We need somebody to restructure this country, it is either we restructure or we disintegrate. The government in power hates the truth.”
On the National Assembly crisis, he said: “Whatever they are dong in the Senate or in government, that is their own problem.
“I had said that nobody can remove Saraki, I don’t know Saraki, I have not met Saraki and I don’t know 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 inthis 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.
“This country needs prayers, the country will break. Nigerian democracy will fizzle out, PDP and APC will fizzle out. This politicalcoup they are planning will damage the country.
“The 2019 election will be tougher than that of 2015. I see stormsbut we will still survive.”he predicted.