By Polycarp Ifeanyi
Anglican cleric, Venerable Joseph Nweke has described Senator Ademola Adeleke’s victory over incumbent All Progressive Congress (APC) governor in Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, as a devine intervention in the electoral system in Nigeria.
Venerable Nweke who is the Archdicean of Onitsha Inland Archidiceanry in an interview with newsmen stated that ” When I heard that Adeleke won the election, two things came into my mind. There is what I would call hand of God in the election. It is not an easy thing to defeat an incumbent in any election.
“If you look at how Buhari won Jonathan, you would see that it was designed. Otherwise, there is no way Jonathan would constitute INEC, empower them, give them money and they fail him. It was not ordinarily. It was both spiritually perfected by God.
“For Adeleke to win the incumbent Governor who had all legislatures, the judiciary, the Councilors in all wards, he has all the PG’s in all the Communities in Osun State and all the Oba’s working for him and failed woefully in such election, he has to count the hands of God in it. God wants to teach us some lessons so that you do not overempower yourself”
The Anambra State Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chapter Chairman, therefore, noted that he could view the election victory also in political angles “I think some Yorubas are trying to sabotage the Presidential candidate for (APC). Osun State is a Christian/ Muslim state. From what I heard, Osun has over 65% Christian and 35% Muslim and Adeleke is a Christian.
“So, for them to survive, they are working towards their faith. However, the religious politics in the country is growing wings. So, to me, God is at work in Nigeria starting from Osun State.
How can you tell me that a Governor of a state who has economy of a state at his disposal could lose election in a such devastating manner? There is hand of God in the process and God is taking us to the next level that we have not yet gotten to. I feel that Oyetola has every reasons to win the election and run his second tenure.
“I will thank the Federal House of Representatives and Senators for having reformed our electoral laws.
“Even in their electoral reform, there was a hand of God in the process. God used them mysteriously. God used electoral laws to disenfranchise Federal legislatures. Imagine a whole Senators sitting in a session and made a law that makes it possible for them to decide who would run for any election in Nigeria.”
He explained that the lawmakers debated the law, passed it into law after 1st, 2nd and 3rd reading, they did not notice anywhere they made law which makes it possible for them to decide who is to win any election in Nigeria.
“That would tell you that hand of God works in mysterious ways. How can a senate president fail to know that he has enacted a law that made him that, if he fail to get a ticket for presidency, that he would not contest for senate again?
He made the law, he signed the law, he is ignorant of the law. That is to tell you that God works in mysterious ways and his wonders to perform
Thanking the lawmakers, the Cleric said, ” Today in Nigeria, I am thanking the Nigerian legislatures for making themselves available to be used by God to enthrone equity and justice.”