The founder of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has said that ‘Nigeria is bigger than anybody; politics is a game. When you lose go home. Don’t go to court, go home’
The Omega Fire Ministry pastor addressing his congregation in Auchi, Edo on on Sunday asked politicians who lose elections, to go home, instead of going to court to contest the election.
He said : “They have discussed your foolishness over dinner. One of the stupid forms of loyalty is to inherit your bosses loyalty,”.
“Stop fighting and don’t die for politicians. They are friends; don’t die.”
“If you are a media aide to any presidential aspirant and you are abusing people on the other side of the divide, you should know that you are a mere employee, after election you are fired.
“Nigeria is bigger than anybody; politics is a game. When you lose go home. Don’t go to court, go home. It is not your father’s property. If you don’t win today, you will win tomorrow.
“And no man is God, you can’t tell anyone that is not ordained to be president, you are not God. If you don’t win today, you will win tomorrow. Why are you killing yourself? Why are you dying?
“Many of you now in church, different parties, you are now enemies because of political party. Not knowing that the players are friends, they will phone themselves and say, ‘What you did was wrong’ and they will say ‘Don’t worry, don’t worry, we will talk about it. We will meet in the mosque, so that we’ll pray’.
“And you are there killing yourself! It’s a game. Don’t die. Don’t kill yourself. Let there be peace.That’s what we need in the country.”
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday filed a motion to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to surrender all the materials that were used for the February 23 presidential election, for inspection.
The motion ex-parte was lodged before the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal on Tuesday.
The Tribunal will conduct its proceedings at the Court of Appeal Headquarters in Abuja.
In the motion ex-parte dated March 4, Atiku and the PDP, applied for leave of the tribunal to allow them to inspect the Voters Register, the Smart Card Reader Machines, Ballot Papers and other vital documents that were used in the conduct of the presidential election.
They equally prayed the tribunal to compel the electoral body to allow their agents to scan and make photocopies of vital documents used in the conduct of the election, for the purpose of establishing alleged irregularities.
The Applicants, through their lawyer, Chief Chris Uche, SAN, told the tribunal that the reliefs sought against INEC was for the purpose of filing and maintaining an election petition they intend to lodge against the outcome of the 2019 Presidential Election.
The motion ex-parte motion was supported with a 12 paragraphed affidavit that was deposed to by one Col. Austin Akobundu, rtd, the director of Contact and Mobilization of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Council.
Meantime, no date has yet been fixed for hearing of the motion which has INEC, President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, as 1st to 3rd Respondents.
Atiku who came second behind President Buhari of the APC, had earlier vowed to challenge the outcome of the presidential election in court, alleging that it was fraught with manifest irregularities.
He maintained that results collated by agents at various polling units across the federation, was at variance with what was eventually declared by INEC, in favour of President Buhari.