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Chris Okotie Joins Presidential Race. . . Again?!

Okotie joins presidential race

By Ifedayo Adebayo

June 11, 2010 02:25AM

Lagos-based pastor, and chairman of the Fresh Democratic Party, Chris Okotie, has indicated that he will run for president in next year's general elections.

Mr Okotie, who has contested the seat twice, said the least the federal government can do to immortalize the sacrifices of the late Moshood Abiola is to enthrone true democracy in the country. He also claimed that the PDP-led federal government is a product of rigging, and could therefore not celebrate the heroes of democracy, who fought for free and fair elections.

The pastor, in a statement signed by his media aide, Ladi Ayodeji, decried the neglect of those who died protesting the cancellation of the June 12, 1993 elections, saying all efforts to ignore their achievement in giving birth to the 4th republic have not succeeded.

The spirit of June 12

"Instead, the spirit of June 12 continues to haunt us", he said. "The democracy martyrs of June 12, led by its flag bearer, MKO Abiola, who won what is still adjusted the best election ever organized in this country, would have died in vain if we fail to put in place viable mechanisms for free and fair elections in the country. One of these is electoral reform, and also transparency and good governance. We can't have true democracy if the peoples votes do not count; where selection instead of election is what produces the leaders."

As regards his political future, Mr. Okotie announced plans to address a world press conference on June 29, 2010 at his party's headquarters, where he will declare his intention to seek his party's nomination for the 2011 presidential election.

Mr. Okotie also called on Nigerians to support the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the World Cup holding in South Africa, promising to reform the sports sector if elected president in 2011. "May I, once again, plead with fellow Nigerians to come all out to support the players," he said. "They need our total, unwavering support, not criticism, at this crucial moment."

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Do i sense sacarsm in ur remark/question, or im wrong?

Dunno if u r one of those who has been mud slingin in here. .and really it dont bother me.

Maybe if u ask a genuine question i may attempt to answer. . .

As per u sayin i kno how GODS works, .dunno bout that. Which of the GOD[b]S[/b]??

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@ tpiah

All im sayin is that previous failure to clinch success is not enuff to say success is not possible.

Im sayin this not just bout presidency but in any life's pursuits.

Plus, God or not. previous failure, shudnt deter any serious minded person from pursuin' goals.

And if Chris doesnt ever win d presidency that doesnt mean God didnt tell him either.

Most pple are not just well informed about how the things of God works.

Ignorance is our biggest problem in this country and that is so evident by the unintelligent

garbage most pple are spewing on this thread.

Callin him names, a liar, a persistent failure and the likes is a proof of the level of intellectual bankrupcy of

those pple throwin abusive tantrums.

Some put there money and passion into destructive enterprises and still succeed.

How much more  salvaging a nation that most pple agrees needs help.

There's nothin like sayin: i gave it my best shot, irrespective of the result.

oNe

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go on Pastor then we will have more pot bellied Nigerias spending more public fund

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I applaud him.

Most Nigerian elites dont show their faces in these things that is why we have allowed charlatans to take over everything.

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i dont think there is anything wrong with his ambition. he has the means and d dream, 2 things alot of normal people lack. You really never know his true intentions till he gets into power,

This website has throws light to my opinion

http:// pxlart .co .cc

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pastor okotie is just too fake to be called a pastor

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@mama-gee. I guess you are talking out of ignorant. To start with, Chris Okotie is a Nigerian,he has the right to aspire for any position of his choice,the right to vote and to be voted for. Suffice to say that, if there is anybody who entered the ministry for money, Pastor Chris can not be said to be one of them. He is a law graduate and while in school as a student, he released his first album that sold millons of copies all over the world which eventually propelled him into limelight. His music then became the favourite of every TV and radio station in Nigeria and abroad. In his early 20s, he was already a millionaire, travelling all over the world. Immediately after his second album,he announced that he would nolonger continue his music career,that he had been called by God and since then, he had never looked back.SO saying that he came out of nowhere, is unacceptable.

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Chris Okotie is a persistent loser. . .

And to think he even had the guts to get into the presidential race again after losing 6 years ago.

He's shameless.

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Hey, be careful on what you say to a servant of God. Only God should be left to judge. I rest my case.

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The biggest problem in our country today is hatred.

I hate it when you envy/hate people for personal hidden reasons.

Pastor, I never see you live before but i dey listen to you for TV and i also know that yuou have a benevolence dept in your church when people dont even have to know you or be workers to benefit from.

I think you have the strategy. Nigeria needs such strategy cos hungry is to much. We the youth have taken destiny into our own hands.

Sir, dont be discourage they are more on your side than against you.

You represent our defination of leadership.

Regards

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My Dearest and eloquent pastor,

I would to publicly say that Nigeria will soon have the finest first lady in the world. I am one of your fan in Benue State University.

Sir, Please Please Please dont give up on Nigeria cos of we the youth.

We need leaders like Rev Chris Okotie, Pastor Kumuyi, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Gov Fashola, Responsible people who already have their business. so when their tenure end they wont want die in power.

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Pal, na wah oo! Are u saying that he still has 15 more elections to contest after this before he'll win. Mehn dat will kill his morale. Lol

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let me tell guys if we have free and fair election in this country i tell yu this Chris will win. the way he speaks reminds me of Barack Obama. he shud change nationality cos things will not work the way we all wanted. some of yu in this house stop insulting people if yu dont have anything good to say about him

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even me im tired of this guy, i actually voted for him during the last election,sorry i mean 2003 elections.

why can't people like him and buhari rally around a new fresh face

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AGAIN!!! Short of words,

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Chris Okotie again? No comment

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Okotie is a big fat LIER, He said God told him he was going to be the next Nigerian President (2007)

So tell me since God cannot lie and we all know that and he (Okotie) did not become our president then in 2007 that means he lied to the whole nation about God speaking to him.

I wonder what he wants to tell us now,

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@osama10, really? u think Chris Okotie badly needs the recognition?, where?,

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And from the responses here,aren't nigerians pretty much like cargo goods just waiting to be pushed around for another half century? Ok,show of hands- how many here actually voted Yaradua 4yrs ago?? I doubt any did, but here is a breath of fresh air and all we do is cast aspersion and call him names. Just what experience do u need to serve,if one may ask? Leadership is service,but we're so used to collecting salt and soap from 2bit thugs in agbada that we call politicians then complain to high heaven when they manifest. We deserve the leadership we have or get in as much we remain dull. So,can someone nominate another presidential candidate we can flock to since we like same ol,same ol? Nigeria is a comic.

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Abraham Lincoln must be his hero.

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Chris Okotie is the biggest joke of the century!

Who the heck does he think he is, popping out of nowhere to become a political candidate.

These hoodlums think Nigerians are bunch of Cargo goods they can push around easily.

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Some people just want to be noticed.

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Make d guy cool down and help d poor and needy

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He is wasting his precious time and his congregations money, because his vision of being the president will never materialised, he should stop blowing grammar on us, we have seen pastors and imams went to aso rock and said yaradua is running 100m per minute only for the man to die without being able to control his urine the following week. We are no fools like his congregation. If he cant give the money to the common man on the street, let him go to motherless babies home.

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Pastor Chris,

I dint wanna believe this is true,Run for presidency again?

its a joke, believe me you cant win.PERIOD.

Its only Nigeria that we know who is going to be president,governor etc. before INEC roll

out the timetime for election.

Besides you dint belong to winning party,you dint the like of baba Iyabo,Anenih,IBB,

And you want to win, this is pure waste of time and money.

As a man of God,i expect you to use your money to help the poor,set up charity for the homeless

Well,i siddon dey look.

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FELLOW NAIRALANDERS, I WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INFORM YOU ALL THAT I WOULD BE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENCY COME 2011. I SHALL DISCLOSE MY PLANS FOR NIGERIA AS A COUNTRY AND THE NAIRALAND COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE SHORTLY.

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Seriously, somebody needs to wake our garrulous Man of God that Politics and Pastoring a Church are two very different things. Okotie has been in contest for the Preshdency since 2003. Does he think Nigerians are fools or what? This is a man who has got no pre-requisite knowledge of politics neither has he ever held any political office before, yet he wants to be president. If charisma, flawless oratory skills and big grammar were all it takes to win, I would be the first to vote him in.Even with his great idea, if there is no feasible political structure and support, his just wasting time, I wonder why his supporters fail to see that. I mean, let us be realistic, apart from Lagos (where he pastors a church) and a his home state, who knows Chris Okotie? Oyakilomeh is even more porpular, yet he overlooks all these factors and continue to decieve himself that God would one day hand him Nigeria on a platter. What a Joke! I watched his 2003 presidential debate, I give it to him, he is a powerful orator. However, most what he was saying and doing were just verbal snafus, preposterous sound bites and impeccable showmanship designed to seek media attention and wow the listening audiencie, several times I found myself lost in verbiage and awe for him. But I know deep down that he is politically naive and most of his arguement were borne out of such. If Mr Okotie wants Nigerians to take him seriously, he had better step up his game and go beyond relying on charisma, oratory and the use of verbose mumbo-jumbo.

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I dont think he can win.

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Someone please tell our amiable polititical pastor Chris Okotie that "Each forward step we take we leave some phantom of ourselves behind".

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Its funny how people are quick to judge and condemn a Man of God. So what wrong with him wanting to become president? Nigerians are quick to accept the 'thieves' in political clothing and yet Chris Okotie who is far better and more intelligent than the aspiring presidents, Did anyone ever listened to the presidential debates? He was so eloquent, knowledgeable , charismatic and well intouch with situations in Nigeria, and for those who are about to say that's not what it takes to rule a country, look at the USA, France and UK for guidance. ,

Anyway guess what it doesn't matter what anyone thinks, Chris Okotie will be PRESIDENT if God mandates it, and yes the fact that he has tried 3 times does not mean God has not spoken, Gods time is not our time and if God speaks no man can counter it, so to all the cynics, when the Lord will turn around this situation, I pray you are all around to witness it,

God Help Nigeria and Nigerians.

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I reserve my comment too

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this pastor should have give back to

his church members, instead of wasting

church money on politics. GUY MAN.

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It's late!!! Go to bed dude!!!

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Any eligible candidate can contest election for no restricted number of times.

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Its part of his gimmick. Plus it keeps him in the public eye. Big TV preachers need constant attention or they die.

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What is eevn wrong with the man sef? I think he should check in with yaba left.

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yeah, the race must be complete. everybody is allowed. winners and losers alike.

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you people will sit down and write whatsever you feel like writting, even if he contest 100 times is nobodys business the most important issue for us here is do we believe he can deliver? if yes lets help him get there , if the Americans can do it, the britons just did it who says we can not do it, if is babaginda , obasanjo everyone of you will be druming for their support , now a young and agile man willingly and able to rule this country you are saying all worth not, as for me i have never voted for anyone since he started and will neva vote for any if that person is not CHRIS OKOTIE i believe he can take us to that promise land everything should not be based on money is time we vote for change.

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"It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power" David Brin

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Of course, he's going to keep contesting. It is a gimmick of enriching his

personal pocket. What do you expect when government give grants

yearly to political parties including those that have no single sitting Councillor

in power.

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There is no harm in contesting again, hopefully someday he will win.

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This man never get tired of wasting money.

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If at first u don't succeed its time to circumspect as to the possbilties of that venture being the way.we shld nt predicate success on religious proficiency. Cos from d past it did not exactly aid him all that well.

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He sure has cash to waste.

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