Although Nigeria’s main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), was only formed in February 2013, a video has surfaced showing their emergence and historic victory in the Nigerian elections was predicted in as early as 2010.
“I am seeing a party rise, challenging the super party of your country today,” Nigerian Pastor T.B. Joshua is shown telling his congregants on April 18th 2010 in a clip posted to video-sharing site YouTube.
“There will be a new party to challenge the existing party,” he reiterated, repeating his statement the following week on April 25th 2010.
The clip jumps several years later to January 19th 2013, where the cleric warned that disunity would be the bane of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s ruling party which boasted it would hold onto power for 60 years. “Pray that this will not bring the government to its knees – serious disunity,” he said.
A year later, specifically On February 16th 2014, the popular televangelist spoke again. “You were thinking that this mighty party, PDP, would remain,” he stated, reminding people of the prophecy he had given back in 2010. “The challenges would be so much that it would bring the mighty party on their knees,” he re-emphasised.
Pastor Joshua, who steered clear from endorsing any specific candidates during the course of Nigeria’s elections, explained that his ministerial position calls for political neutrality.
“God does not allow a man of God like me who is a man of people to belong to any party,” he said. “He should belong to all parties – equal love, equal favour, equal rights. If not, the Lord cannot continue to support such a man.”
The clip was uploaded by Emmanuel TV, the YouTube channel of Joshua’s popular television station. It has almost 170,000 subscribers.
APC made history in the recently held Nigerian elections as their presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari won by almost 2.6 million votes, the first time in Nigeria’s political history that an opposition political party unseated a governing party in a general election. Political observers have cited internal disunity as being a major cause of PDP’s demise.
Ihechukwu Njoku – Nigerian journalist