By Kingsley Omonobi
As the nation nears the zero hour to the Presidential elections, the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), which Pastor Tunde Bakare, the Vice Presidential Candidate for Congress for Progressive Change, co-founded, has distanced itself from his presidential bid.
Acting National Coordinator of the group, Benedict Ezeagu disclosed to newsmen in Abuja that Pastor Bakare did not inform the pressure group of his foray into politics even when confronted severally after his moves as the leader of the group became suspicious.
However, the Publicity Director of the Buhari/Bakare Campaign Organization, Yinka Odumakin could not be reached for comments but the National Publicity Secretary of the CPC, Rotimi Fashakin dismissed the claims of the group saying their support is not solicited.
Recall that Pastor Bakare has come under condemnation for meeting with politicians before he was finally chosen as Vice-Presidential candidate.
Briefing newsmen after a meeting of the group on the on-going general election, Thursday, acting National Coordinator of the SNG, Benedict Ezeagu said the body had no support for Pastor Bakare’s ambition because it was not in the picture when he was making the moves despite persistent enquiry on some of his action before he picked up the presidential slot.
He said the smooth conduct of the National Assembly election despite some noticeable lapses was commendable pointing out that Professor Attahiru Jega deserved applause for the conduct which has offered a ray of hope that Nigerians can conduct credible, free and fair elections, which for some time have been elusive.
“The meeting therefore congratulates Nigerian electorates for coming out en masse to exercise their franchise and for conducting themselves peacefully and orderly”, Ezeagu said.
He congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for living up to his promise of giving Nigerians credible elections, which he showed through his disposition, attitude, and non-interference with the operations of the Jega led INEC that made success of the NASS election possible.
“The meeting therefore warns that Save Nigeria Group will no longer allow anti-democratic forces, those who prefer the sanctity of bullet/violence to the sanctity of ballot to exploit the current environment of freedom in the country to try to truncate the on-going democratic efforts.
“Finally, the meeting calls on all national stakeholders and the Nigerian masses to use all legitimate means to guard this democratic process and ensure that the remaining elections in the country are held as planned in a free, fair, peaceful and credible atmosphere”, he stated.