General Overseer of House of Faith Christian Centre Ado Ekiti, Rev Tunde Afe, has declared intention to run for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti.
Afe said he was joining the governorship race to make the difference in life of the people.
Addressing a news conference in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, Afe declared he would not contest on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said the two big parties have woefully failed Nigerians during their time in power.
Afe promised to disclose the platform he would use to contest after consultations.
The cleric also promised to field a Muslim as his deputy governorship candidate to have religious balancing and to send a signal that Nigerians are one in spirit.
According to him, time has come for Nigerians who mean well for the country to rise up and take leadership positions, to prevent total collapse of the system due to activities of corrupt politicians.
He said: “I didn’t receive any special direction before taking this
step because every Nigerian knew that the country is in dire need of good leadership and as a man of God who believes that things must be done properly, I have no reason to sit back while things degenerate.
“Look at what is happening in Nigeria today, I mean killings everywhere and the best way to address this is by using Ekiti as a launch pad for good governance in Nigeria.
“All those that had ruled Ekiti did their best but I think I can do better because I won’t take whatever doesn’t belong to me as a benefit in government because I fear God.
“Let me say this, if all the governors and those occupying leadership positions take what are legitimate due to them alone as benefits, Nigeria will be far better than this and that is exactly what I am going to use my aspiration to teach”.