BY Kunle Daramola
Tunde Bakare, the serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, says Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi will not make much impact in the presidential election.
Kwankwaso is the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), while Obi is the standard-bearer of the Labour Party (LP).
The former All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant also said a merger by Kwankwaso and Obi would have challenged the two leading candidates: Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar.
Bakare was speaking in an interview on “real talk with Kike show”.
“Imagine if Obi and Kwankwaso had put their differences aside and they forge a team that could be an alternative to these men of wealth, men of experience, who have been there all along, they would have been able to shake the system better than they are now doing as individuals running their race,” Bakare said.
“They would have shaken the two frontline parties if they had put their houses together but right now, I do not see how much impact they would have in the election.”
Speaking on why he remains in APC after the administrative failure of President Muhammadu Buhari, Bakare said the best place to make changes is from within the status quo.
“We can remain on the vanguard of critics or what we call social activism, which I have fully participated in. In order for God to save mankind, he became man, if you are not part of them, you cannot make a change. You will be outside criticising those who are inside,” he said.
“It is better to stay in there and make a difference and you can maintain it without contamination. I have heard everything you said about the backwardness you think we have experienced under the APC government but truth be told they also inherited some of these problems from 16 years of misrule of PDP, and they have done their best to improve in certain areas.
“Whoever is coming after President Muhammadu Buhari, if he is right thinking along with a formidable team, will give us a good security architecture and so on.”