The Nigerian political system remains one of the most entertaining anywhere in the world. And no period is more entertaining than an election year.
On July 16, 2018, “God” officially threw his hat into the 2019 Presidential election. According to Reverend Chris Okotie, the General Overseer of the Household of God Church, “The Almighty”, has given an irrevocable instruction to the two leading political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to adopt him as their joint presidential candidate in the 2019 election.
The former baby voice pop star, speaking in his signature rambuctious and magisterial style to a wildly jubilant and amen chorusing congregation in Lagos declared that he had been mandated by the “Creator of the universe’ to urgently convey the official divine order to the parties involved via a royal mail.
However, it is not clear yet how the mail will be delivered in the Abuja headquarters of the parties involved. Will there be some unmistakable celestial signs to prove the heavenly origin of the mail, such as a dove or a duck landing on the head of the flamboyant preacher as he delivers the mail in Abuja? No one knows. But Nigerians are holding their breath and waiting.
Nevertheless, those who monitored the 2007 presidential election may not pay any attention to Okotie’s divine messages. In that year, the Reverend claimed he had been inaugurated in the heavenly realm as the one who would take over from then President Obasanjo.
Obasanjo being a crafty political tactician, having become aware of “God’s” plan to choose Rev. Okotie as opposed his hand picked candidate, Alhaji Umar Yar’Adua went to work with unparalleled dexterity to outwit God. And he succeeded. Yar’Adua scored 24,638,063 (69.60% of votes cast) while “God’s” candidate scored a miserable 74,049 (0.21%).
Although that election was said to have been flawed, a universely accepted romantic word for rigged, Okotie’s “God” equally failed for allowing his candidate to be rigged out in a playing field that was not level.
However, it could also be argued that Okotie’s “God” being a clean “God” did not want to participate in the unholy act of rigging. If that argument holds, it can equally be counter argued that that the Reverend’s “God” unable to stop the rigging also failed to bring to book those who pepertuated it.
Irrespective of what anyone thinks of Pastor Okotie, the record of his serial run for the premium political office is well preserved for any interested party. In addition to the one already mentioned above, he received 119,547 (0.30%) votes in 2003 and 34,331(0.09%) in 2011.
Having failed woefully in every election he participated in since 2003, the question that must be posed is “Which “God” has been talking to Reverend Okotie or which “God” has the Reverend been talking to?” Without prejudice, it is either Okotie’s “God” doesn’t understand the Nigerian political terrain or the Reverend is listening to the “voice of a stranger” posing as God.