Large Number of Nigerian State Governors Never Won Elections – Methodist Prelate

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Samuel Uche, prelate of the Methodist Church

Many Nigerian state governors did not win their elections but the supreme court gave them victory, Samuel Uche, prelate of the Methodist Church has said.

Uche made this known at a funeral held for Bode Akindele, Parakoyi of Ibadanland, in Ibadan, Oyo state, on Friday, saying that some of the candidates the courts have upheld as winners are “undeserving.”

Said the Prelate: “Electoral victories are given to some undeserving candidates through the court of law. There is one political party here in Nigeria, even when you don’t win an election the party would give you victory through the supreme court.

“Many governors are supreme court governors, they didn’t win (their elections) and are not supposed to be there. This is lawlessness and that is why I call some of our courts, court of lawlessness”.

The cleric said siphoning of the country’s resources and the growing insecurity is hampering its growth and development.

In his sermon entitled: “Christians: People with a Living Hope”, Uche urged Nigerians to have hope in eternal life and strive to live a life that would make them leave good legacies behind after death.

He described late Akindele as a strong pillar of the Methodist Church, who had served in various capacities in the church.

Said he: “The late Chief Akindele was the first chairman of the board of trustees of the church’s university, Wesley University of Science and Technology, Ondo, where he left many legacies behind”.

He added that the late industrialist did many remarkable things, all of which contributed to the growth of the church, calling on other good-spirited individuals to emulate his good deeds.

The prelate also lamented the rate of insecurity in Nigeria, calling for fervent prayers for the nation to overcome the challenges.

While paying tribute to the deceased, Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State, said the late Akindele was a cheerful giver and an entrepreneur with “great understanding”.

Makinde said the legacies left behind by the Parakoyi of Ibadanland should be sustained.

Akindele died on June 29. He was 87.

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