Ahead of the February 25 general elections, a cleric, Godwin Ude, has stated that election victory only comes from God.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Senior Pastor of Help from Above Healing and Deliverance Ministry, Worldwide stated this on Saturday while addressing newsmen in Abuja.
He said that no candidate running for any elective office at any level of government should boast of being able to run for office and win without God’s grace.
He asserts that regardless of wealth, status, or power, God alone can provide true leadership since He is aware of people’s true motivations.
“The only people that will succeed in their political pursuits are those that God has given grace to and are backed by Him.
“Irrespective of the money you have, irrespective of the name you have, you must lean on God and let him drive your ambition.
“If God is not there in your political vehicle, the vehicle will crash,” he said.
Ude admonished other spiritual and religious leaders, pastors, and imams not to endorse any candidate based on their feelings and opinions, but rather to pray for the emergence of the proper leaders at all levels of government.
He stated that man could not choose a leader solely on human criteria apart from God’s grace.
The pastor stated that some roles demand experienced folks and that God’s grace is essential for these positions.
“You don’t choose who is going to govern you, God chooses the person; the right prayer for us to pray is that God should give us a leader who can lead us.
A person “who can wipe away our tears and God knows and he looks at the heart and knows the right leader.
“So, as a child of God and as a pastor, the prayer we are praying every day in our Church is that God should give us a leader, ” he said.
He stated that no candidate should boast about his or her ability to effect change in Nigeria, as such a person would ultimately fail.
He urged Nigerians to prepare to vote on February 25 based on the conviction of the Holy Spirit, as opposed to the standing of candidates or the power of political parties.
He stated that God does not support those who buy or sell votes or shed blood in order to win elections.
“Let the Holy Spirit lead you and that is the truth of the matter, those that are waiting to collect money so they can go and vote, they have killed their tomorrow.
“God is not behind those that would buy votes or shed blood, He is not in such a race of those who would wait for money to vote.
“As wise citizens, if you really want God to fight for you, don’t collect money, vote according to your conscience, vote rightly and clear your conscience.
“Don’t let N10,000 or N20,000 buy you over from the presence of God, when God leads you, He will also direct you on who to vote for ” he said.