Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Director, Special Media Projects/New Media at the PCC mocked Bakare for securing zero votes during the party's presidential primary.
The Presidential Campaign Council PCC of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has mocked a chieftain of the party, Pastor Tunde Bakare.
APC PCC described Bakare as a political paperweight who should be ignored.
Recall that Bakare, the Presiding Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (formerly Latter Rain Assembly), was one of those who slugged it out with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at last year’s Special Presidential Convention of the party.
In his state-of-the-nation address on Sunday, the cleric had advised Nigerians to shun those promoting ‘emilokan’, a term associated with Tinubu and which means “my turn” in Yoruba.
He added that no good politician seeking the votes of the people would evade public debates and also task his team members with the task of answering questions specifically directed at him.
“Bakare got zero votes at the convention”, said Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Director, Special Media Projects/New Media at the PCC.
Also reacting, the Special Adviser, Media, Communications and Public Affairs at the PCC, Mr Dele Alake said the cleric is a political neophyte.
“This is a man who did a video in his church asking his members to vote for Tinubu, then the next day, he does the opposite. For us, that is not a serious issue.
“With due respect to him, he is a political paperweight, a political neophyte “, said Mr Alake.
Alake also dismissed allegations that the PCC now operates a militia headed by the National Youth Leader of the Party, Mr Dayo Israel.
He said the group refers to itself as “Jagaban Vanguard” and that they merely wear costumes and not the regalia of the military.
“In Nigeria, we like titles. We have musicians who bear General, Colonel or Commander. Do we now say they are impersonating the military”, he queried?
Reacting, Bakare said, “Can someone tell these people that scoring zero in a primary election with one’s true identity and integrity intact as well having original credentials from well-known schools:
“Primary, Secondary, colleges and University within and outside of this nation is a veritable badge of honor, absolutely legit and unquestionable? Please tell them that in the words of Michel De Montaigne.”
“Why are they then giving any thought to what I said? May be their alleged “paper weight” is too heavy for them to carry.
“There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.” One of the Special Advisers that I thought had some semblance of nobility had to utter outright lies and falsehoods to satisfy his paymaster. He said that I did a video asking members of our church to vote for their candidate and then turn around to ask them not to vote for him.
“Unfortunately, there is no such video containing such falsehood. The abridged video these people are sending around is from a message preached here (Citadel Global Community Church) in 2020 with the title: “An idle man’s brain is the devil’s workshop.” I made it clear in the video that I did not endorse their candidate’s lifestyle, business or type of politics.
“In the said video, I never asked our members to vote or not vote for their candidate or any other candidate. By the way, our members are not zombies. They, by the grace of God, have their own minds and will decide who to vote for on Election Day. As for those whose stock in trade is lying against others and fabricating stories that are not true about them, our strong consolation is that their DNA and the final destination are spelt out in the Bible. See Psalm 58:3-8. “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies…”
“Rest assured, I will take the vicious attacks of these political merchants in my stride, because I know that according to Voltaire: “Many are destined to reason wrongly, others not to reason at all and some to persecute those who do reason.”