President Goodluck Jonathan, rounded of his political campaign rally by making his presence felt at the February 2015 monthly Holy Ghost Service of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Africa’s largest Christian gathering, held at the Ibadan-Expressway Camp Ground, accompanied by key members of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the main opposition party Vice Presidential Candidate, and a senior pastor of the RCCG, was on hand to receive President Jonathan and his entourage, among a host of other Pastors.
Jonathan whose visit to the RCCG camp ground was not unexpected during such political seasons, admitted that he was “interested in this service because it is close to the elections.”
The president who has been on a nationwide campaign rally in the recent weeks, to garner support for reelection bid against former military head of state General Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming February 14 Presidential election, which is only seven days away, noted however that he was not at the Christian gathering “to campaign”.
“You know very well that daddy G.O will not allow his altar to be used for campaign,” President Jonathan said, at which the amused mammoth crowd of worshipers roared with laughter.
“I am here to thank you for your prayers. We pray for peace in the presidential, state and all the elections,” the President said Thanks mama G.O for their prayers for Nigeria, he said.
At the February Holy Ghost Service tagged:’ Peace Be Still’ Pastor E.A. Adeboye in his usual style, led members of the RCCG in prayer for President Jonathan as he knelt humbly at the altar, asking that the Peace of God will reign in Nigeria and that God will grant the President the courage to do the right thing.
Many supporters of the All People’s Congress who are vehemently clamoring for #Change, the party’s campaign slogan, see the visit as a last desperate move by the President to try his luck with the teeming worshipers, from a cross section of Nigeria’s social-political and geographical divide.
A great number seem willing to decided in favour of Buhari/Osinbajo based on religious affiliation with one of their own, Pastor Osinbajo, a former Attorney General of Lagos State, not minding that he is a running mate to Buhari, a Muslim.
Some of the church members had openly expressed their support for the All People Congress Vice Presidential Candidate chorusing “Sai Buhari/Osinbajo” as Mr. President addressed the people.