According to a report by The punch , the cleric spoke in his church in Lagos during the Sunday service.
He said he believes that we must act now to defend the Nigerian dream as things have gone to a worse state.
Okotie had made three failed attempts – 2003, 2007 and 2011 – to become the President.
He told the congregation that he decided to return to politics seeing that Nigeria needs a credible personality one who is intellectually ready and capable. He added that the Nigerian constitution is obsolete and therefore desires to pursue a mandate that will set up a new government of reconciliation.
According to him, the problems bedevilling Nigeria are not political and that the solutions to such problems are neither in the hands of the ruling All Progressives Congress nor the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
He said he had indeed written to the national chairmen of the two main parties, urging them not to field any presidential candidate for next year’s general elections but to adopt him (Okotie) as a consensus presidential candidate.
He said that the monstrous problems of divisiveness and religious fundamentalism are threatening the continued existence of Nigeria as one nation, urgingthe APC and the PDP to support his proposed “Government of National Reconciliation and Reconstruction.”
“I have re-emerged from my political hibernation to contest the office of President in the forthcoming elections. I am fully persuaded that Nigeria needs a man who is credible, dependable and trustworthy. A God-fearing man who is embroidered with compassion and love for (this) country. A man who will be readily accepted as a symbol of national unity, who can bring genuine reconciliation and guarantee peace and tranquillity in our nation.
“A man who is completely insulated from the variegated conflicts that mark the antecedents of our major political actors. A man who can apply the principle of malice towards none and charity for all; who can invoke a pan-Nigerian philosophy to reject the partisan provincialism of finger pointing at this time when Nigeria is threatened by existential adversaries. A man with the requisite intellectual capacity and moral perpendicularity. I believe that the benevolent grace of God has telescoped these virtues into my person, to prepare for such a time as this,” Okotie said.
Okoties is the President of Fresh Democratic Party, on which platform he ran for the Presidency and lost in 2011.
He said his mandate this time round was to set up an interim government, which he had named “Government of National Reconciliation and Reconstruction,” that would birth a new Nigeria.
“Nigeria is in dire need of restructuring. Our federalism is simply terminological inexactitude. It is a realistic piece of fakery. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is obsolete, retrogressive and subversive to the Nigerian cause. It can no longer subsist as a legal protocol to guarantee the peaceful coexistence of autonomous ethnicities. No extant or subsisting government can right these aberrations, for obvious reasons of parochial party considerations and entrenched partisan rivalries within the polity,” he added.