The Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has delivered a stern warning to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) regarding its declining popularity.
In his State of the Nation Broadcast at the church in Ikeja, Lagos, Bakare pointed out that the results of the 2023 general election indicated a significant loss of support for the APC compared to previous polls in 2015 and 2019.
Changing Landscape of the APC: A Concerning Trend
Pastor Tunde Bakare, who himself was a presidential aspirant on the APC platform for the 2023 election, expressed his concern over the evolving nature of the party.
He emphasized that the APC seems to have strayed from its foundational principles and has become a platform for politicians lacking clear ideologies.
This departure from its original values has led to a noticeable decline in the party’s popularity among the masses.
A Shift in Ideals: APC No Longer the Same
During his speech themed ‘Vice, Virtue & Time: Three Things That Never Stand Still,’ Bakare voiced his disappointment in the APC’s transformation.
He noted that the party he was once a foundational member of is no longer the same entity.
He stated, “At this juncture, I must also warn the APC.
I was there when the APC was formed, and the extent of my involvement is well documented.
As a stakeholder and, more importantly, as a nation builder, I’m more obligated to state without equivocation that this is not the APC we envisaged.”
Election Outcome and Party Identity Crisis
The results of the recent elections highlighted the growing dissatisfaction of Nigerians with the direction the APC has taken.
Bakare highlighted that the APC’s victory in the 2023 elections was partly influenced by divisions within the opposing party rather than an overwhelming show of support for the APC itself.
He even mentioned that the party’s victory is currently being contested in court, indicating a lack of a clear mandate from the electorate.
APC’s Original Vision: Progressivism and Social Investment
Pastor Bakare reminisced about the original ideals that the APC stood for.
He highlighted the party’s commitment to progressivism, which included significant investments in crucial social sectors such as education and healthcare.
The APC, in its earlier days, managed to achieve inclusiveness and social mobility, which resonated with the public.
However, the recent trends have raised questions about the party’s ability to uphold these principles.
In summary, Pastor Tunde Bakare’s warning sheds light on the shifting dynamics within the APC and its declining popularity post the 2023 general election.
He underscores the party’s departure from its founding values and the need for a reevaluation of its direction to regain the trust and support of the people.