APC and countdown to 2019 polls (11), By Ehichioya Ezomon

By Ehichioya Ezomon
Nigerian pastors, who profess prophetship, use the Yuletide to prophesy or predict what the New Year holds for the nation, and the world at large. They either claim to be delivering a directive from God, or what they see while in the “Spirit.”
  However, only a few of their predictions are precise. Others are ambivalent, and mere conjectures from reading of the moods in the polity. This creates a perfect alibi for them when their forecasts are off the mark, which’s the case over the years.
  That’s why most Nigerians query the sincerity and credibility of the “Men of God.” Are they truly prophets “chosen by God to say the things that God wants to tell people?” Are they in contact with God, and does He speak to them, as they regularly assert?
  As the 2019 elections approach, so are their prophecies coming in torrents, with the majority “seeing” a peaceful and orderly conduct of the exercise, despite the obvious scheming of politicians to impugn the integrity of the electoral process.
  Some of the clerics, who often boast of the precision of previous prophecies, talked about Devine revelations, while others seemed to speak from their personal conviction on the presidential balloting that’s 39 days from today, January 7.
  Yet, the prognoses for the February 16 presidential contest have a mixed bag of fortunes for the candidates, particularly the leading contenders, President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
  As the “prophets” have prophesied: “President Buhari will be returned to power,” some said. “Atiku Abubakar will prevail,” others pronounced. Which side will be vindicated?
  Well, we have 39 days to answer the poser. In the meantime, below is a checklist of the forecasts some of the prophets reeled out during their crossover services on the eve of the New Year. They may lift or dampen your spirits for your preferred candidate!
  Primate Elijah Ayodele: The head of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos, has predicted victory for President Buhari because the PDP “refused to do the right thing from the beginning,” which’s to give the ticket to Senate President Bukola Saraki instead of Atiku.
  “I said it the other time, and I still maintain it; if PDP had given the ticket to Bukola Saraki, they will win because it’s only Saraki that can unseat Buhari. But PDP have not done what they are supposed to do,” the Primate added.
  Prophet Ekong Ituen: The Spiritual leader of Christ Deliverance Ministries in Lagos, said: “Let me start by telling Nigerians that election results will spring surprises. But in my revelation, it has been established that President Muhammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC) will win the election.
  “You may not like him but that is the truth… God gives power to whoever He pleases… Whatever anyone becomes in life is exclusively in the hands of God.”
  Prophet Christopher Owolabi: The General Overseer of Christ Apostolic Church, Ori-Oke, Irapada, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, declared: “The present leadership in piloting the affairs of this great nation, as was revealed to me, will extend beyond 2019 and there is going to be a brighter light at the end of the tunnel, socially and economically.
  “The prediction is based on God’s interest in directing the affairs of the country at this critical period of its history, as it is revealed to me… No matter any act of political commission or omission, God is the one presently in control and directing the affairs of the country.”
  Dr. Emmanuel Omole: The Founder of the Devine Hand of God Prophetic Ministry, said: “Now, behold the vision I received from the Throne of grace and mercy, the seat of love, security and provisions, the God of miracles and wonders:
  “Atiku will show amazing efforts in the coming elections but I see President Buhari ruling again. However, President Buhari would require serious prayers for his health, as this could be an avenue to sway a judicial victory in favour of Atiku.”
  Apostle Joshua Mone: The General Overseer of the Voice of Liberty Intercessors Ministry in Delta State, said: “Nigerians must pray. I see a conspiracy to postpone election dates. I see the nation Atikulated in 2019… I see a strong negative manipulation on INEC. Prayers must be made.”
  Apostle Johnson Suleiman: The President of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, said: “Abubakar Atiku should focus on the North during campaign… I saw most Eastern states won by APC at the national level… 2019 Nigerian election – 100% rigged… Nigeria vs Military/Police…
  “Northern response to election results to shock the incumbent government… They had strong response from the South… Muhammadu Buhari needs prayer. Please, sir, go and rest.”
  Rev. Fr Ejike Mbaka: The Spiritual Director, Adoration Ministry, Enugu, declared: “Among all the presidential aspirants, Buhari stands in the best position in winning the presidential election.” He enumerated some of the president’s achievements in infrastructural development, and the “revolution” in agriculture.
  “In all this, we urge Nigerians to vote President Buhari in order to complete his eight years’ tenure, and after which he will hand over to a younger candidate,” Mbaka said.
  Pastor Gabriel O. Adegboye: The Senior Pastor of Worksword of God Church, who’s emphatic that both Buhari and Atiku would not win the 2019 poll, predicted that: “It does not matter who wins the presidential election; President Buhari will not hand over willingly.”
  He said the next president of Nigeria isn’t among the candidates seeking election into the office, as “God has ordained a particular man of God to be appointed to pilot the affairs of this great nation with supernatural wisdom to restore normalcy in the land.”
  He didn’t identify the person, but warned that: “I see President Buhari being forced out of Aso Rock Villa by a superior power, for his refusal to do the needful (hand over). Violence erupts and things go out of hand. So, be careful.”
  Recall, however, that in May 2018, Pastor Adegboye told journalists in Ibadan, Oyo State, that God had revealed that “he (Adegboye) will take over power from Buhari in 2019.” So, is he the “Messiah” for Nigeria? Certainly, February 16 would reveal that!
Mr. Ezomon, Journalist and Media Consultant, writes from Lagos, Nigeria.

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