Several prophets and clerics in Nigeria and beyond had prior to Nigeria’s February 23, 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections predicted the winner of the election.
Most of the prophets said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, will defeat the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari.
These prophesies however, never came to pass as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on February 27, declared President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the presidential election.
Below are five prophets who predicted the result of the 2019 presidential election wrongly:
1. Prophet Wale Olagunju
The presiding Bishop of Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministries, Ibadan, Prophet Wale Olagunju, in October 2018, claimed that Buhari will lose to Atiku Abubakar.
He said: “Let me congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for winning the ticket of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and let me also make it clear to him that he will lose to Atiku Abubakar.
Let me also congratulate Atiku in advance because he will win the next presidential election come 2019. Let me say, as a matter of fact, that Buhari does not need an Alfa or prophet to deceive him that he would win the election, for as God lives, he would lose.”
2. Primate. E.O. Akeju
In April 2018, Primate E. O. Akeju of New Holy Messiah Church in Ilasamaja, Lagos state, said that Atiku Abubakar would emerge as Nigeria’s next president.
Akeju said: “God said President Muhammadu Buhari will be disgraced just like his predecessor if he re-contests.”
3. Prophet Udoka Daniel Okechukwu
In December 2018, an Anglican church prophet, Udoka Okechukwu, prophesied that Atiku Abubakar of the PDP will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 election.
Udoka said: “I am privileged to watch it again. The least person not expected will take the position. Thank God the person is coming closer. And he is no one else if not Atiku. “And God said that Atiku will be better than the four administrations before him put together.
“He will use him to bring a new Nigeria. He will use him to start the good work. Any hands that will resist the young man from entering there might not live to see tomorrow.”
4. Prophet Samuel Akinbodunse
The general overseer of Freedom for all Nations Outreach (FANO), Prophet Samuel Akinbodunse, warned President Buhari not to bother contesting for second term.
Akinbodunse said: “Please Nigerians, warn Buhari that he is going beyond his boundaries. The Lord said his tenure is once, not twice.”
5. Prophet Isa El-Buba
On February 12, 2019, few days to the presidential election, the general overseer of Evangelical Bible Outreach Ministries Int’l (EBOMI), Prophet El-Buba, said President Buhari will lose the election.
El-Buba went further to say President Buhari will not get up to 50% of the votes in the north and hardly get 25 percent in the southeast
He said: “If you recall, what happened in 2015, President Buhari rode on state of the nation. “The truth of the matter is the entire North gave a block vote to Mr. President, the southwest also gave him strong votes. But this time around, the North itself, Buhari will not get 50 percent of the votes and in the southwest he will not get more than 45 percent of the votes there.
“And in the southeast, he will hardly get 20 percent of the votes, also in the south-south probably 20 percent; while in the north-central lets say 45 percent.
“In Kano, where he got his highest votes, he cannot get more than 50 percent, also in Kaduna especially with the attitude of the present governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, with the Shii’te movement, surely he not going to get more than 40 percent of the votes in the state.”