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Monday, 15 February 2021

Bishop Oscar Ossai explains why he abandoned secular politics


Ossai (Left) with CAN President Dr Samson Ayokunle

BISHOP Oscar Ossai, General Overseer of City of Refuge Missions International, says that he abandoned politics for the pulpit because he was cheated out with manipulation from Abuja after winning the election.


Speaking on why he left politics since 1999 when he contested election, Bishop Ossai told Realnews in an exclusive interview that the incident was a real’ lousy experience’ for him, one that he wished he had known much better about.


The Enugu state born charismatic preacher, said that he was one of the early ministers of God, who chose to venture into politics at the return of democracy in the country in 1999.


“Well, I was part of the Founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu back then. In my political naivety, I contested for a seat in the National Assembly that is the House of Representatives. Little did I know that election in Nigeria goes beyond being a known figure or being qualified for the political seat! You have to be selected by the people who are already there before you can face the people to contest. I felt there wasn’t internal democracy process in the parties,” he said.


Ossai said he believed that he won in 1999.


“Somehow the results were changed from Abuja, and I left them because I got angry and disenchanted. I left because I had told pastors all over the world, as a member of a Pastors Network, which originated in America, with over 30,000 pastors on its list worldwide that I would emerge winner. And I would invite them to come to Nigeria to democratize the country with us.


“I had made noise. I had told them that I won the primaries in the party, only to be told that I lost! It was difficult to face them so I left politics!


“I didn’t like the system of ‘election and selection’ done in the parties then as I considered it, a dirty game,” he said.




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