By Ladi Ayodeji 

Rev. Chris Okotie has stepped up his campaign for the adoption of an Interim Government before the 2023 general elections. 

The cleric continued his national dialogue on restructuring and the inauguration of an Interim Government when he was hosted recently by AIT's Gbenga Aruleba on the popular talk show, Jigsaw via Zoom, in Abuja. 

In the hour-long interview, the veteran interviewer drilled Okotie and tasked him on numerous questions arising from his widely reported proposition for Interim Government unveiled recently in his church in Lagos. 

Asked to defend his call for an Interim Government which has no constitutional provisions, the cleric said, the will of the people is the basis of any law. 

“At the end of the national debate, we intend to compile the summary of the discussion and sent to President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to make the necessary legal provisions that would facilitate the inauguration of the interim government,” Okotie said. 

He argued that the legislature has no relevance in the new order, which he christened, Aboriginal Democracy. He claimed that the tripartite concept of our presidential system of government is alien to our culture, which is why all the existential problems of the nation have remained unsolved, despite the change of government from PDP to APC, since the return to civil rule in 1999. 


When asked to react to accusations that he is trying to get the presidency through the back door because of his unsuccessful bid on three occasions on the platform of his party, FRESH, Okotie dismissed the allegations, saying if he wanted power he would have joined one of the dominant parties because FRESH is incapable of winning the presidency. 

“If President Buhari had contested on the platform of FRESH, he wouldn't have won”, Okotie insisted. 

He said, his quest for change is to engender true federalism which can only happen when the constitution is rewritten to reflect the realities of present day Nigeria. 

On his desire to head the Interim Government, Okotie said his qualifications for such an assignment were based on the fact that he would not be contesting for the office of president once the mission of reconstruction, restructuring and inauguration of an Interim Government is accomplished and the nation returned to normalcy. 

Moreover, he argued that he has been on this project to give Nigeria a new paradigm longer than most of those running for the presidency today.

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