The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is to kick-start his campaign for the 2019 presidential election through an address to Nigerians on Facebook on Monday.

Leaders of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, have been advised to stop endorsing or openly campaigning for individuals and political parties seeking elective offices in 2019 general elections.

Giving the advice in an interview, the General Overseer, Messiah New Life Church International Incorporated, Ipakodo-Ikorodu, Lagos, Archbishop Joseph Ehindero, stated that Afenifere will create division among Yoruba by taking sides with individuals and political parties.

According to him, “these people are elders and leaders, and what people expect from them is to play advisory roles. They are supposed to play fatherly role to all. They are not supposed to be partisan. But, it is unfortunate that Afenifere leaders today have become chief campaigners for the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. Not only that, they have openly endorsed him and have been asking Yoruba to vote for him.

“But this is wrong. What is President Muhammadu Buhari’s offence that is making Afenifere leaders to campaign against him? It is very unfair what Afenifere leaders are doing against Buhari. Buhari, since assuming office, has been doing a yeoman’s job for this nation, and he has been able to turn round Nigeria’s fortunes.’’

While declaring that Afenifere leaders are on their own in their campaign against Buhari, the cleric said: “It is better Afenifere leaders retrace their steps before they lose respect among the Yoruba.

“Contrary to the impression being created by these Afenifere leaders, President Buhari still remains very popular among the Yoruba, and he is the one they will cast their votes for in 2019 because the man Buhari has transformed Nigeria. Not only that, Buhari also has divine support. His war against corruption, and achievements in the power sector and provision of infrastructures for Nigerians have been a good departure from 16 years of PDP wasteful administration of Nigeria. A second term for Buhari is a vote for continuity of good governance.’’

While declaring Atiku’s presidential bid an exercise in futility, Ehindero said it was divinely revealed to him that Buhari will defeat Atiku in 2019. “Atiku will suffer terrible defeat in the hands of Buhari. All those prophets predicting Atiku’s victory are fakes. The vision they claimed to have seen is not from God. Atiku is going nowhere, that’s what my living God told me, and those prophets that are predicting his victory are not hearing from God but from the devil. Buhari is the man God has ordained to win 2019 election, and his victory has been sealed by God’’, the cleric declared.

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