General Overseer of Latter Rain Assembly, Pas¬tor Tunde Bakare, has called upon the federal government to suspend the 2015 general elections in order to avoid violence and bloodshed.
In a sermon titled “A Gathering Storm and Avoidable Shipwreck: How to Avoid Catastrophic Euroclydon” pastor Bakare said the elections should be postponed to avoid loss of innocent lives to mindless violence
The Latter Rain Assembly pastor cited poor preparation for the polls, worsening insecurity, imposition of minority will, eco¬nomic collapse, religious confusion, betrayals, scandals and persecution of opponents as reasons for calling for the elections to be postponed.
Bakare was relying on the power conferred on the Federal Government under Section 135(3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to call for the suspension.
The section provides: “If the Federation is at war in which the territory of Nigeria is physically involved and the President considers that it is not practicable to hold elections, the National Assembly may by resolution extend the period of four years mentioned in subsection (2) of this section from time to time; but no such extension shall exceed a period of six months at any one time.”
The clergy clarified that: “I do not say this to be controversial but to clear the dust; I see President Goodluck Jonathan as the man whom both God and Nigerians had great expectation of, but as for now, had failed.
“However, there is still time to redeem his dignity if his name is to go down in the book of history as the greatest president in African.
“Be that as it may, my political leaning is towards Mu¬hammadu Buhari. I cannot claim not to know the issues surrounding the APC primary and the processes that led to the selection of his current running mate”, Pastor Bakare said.