Bakare, who ran as Buhari's running mate in 2011 on the Congress for Progressive Change platform, met with the President in his office at 12 p.m. on Friday.
Shortly after meeting President Buhari, Bakare addressed the press at the statehouse. These are some of the things he said during the press briefing.
1. Pastor Bakare stated that it makes no difference where the next President comes from as long as he or she is capable of excellent governance.
He added that if where the president comes from makes the place he comes from better, the northern part of Nigeria should be the richest, most progressive, and most developed, because the north has produced presidents or heads of state for 40 to 41 years out of 61 years, and yet the north continues to regress.
He said: "Why could a person like President Obasanjo freeze and confiscate the account of Lagos State during his own reign if it's from the South?"
"Why couldn't President Jonathan use all of his powers to develop the South-South or South-East if it came from the South-South or South-East?"
2. The pastor also expressed his support for electronic voting in the 2023 election and subsequent elections, claiming that it would safeguard qualified voters from being disenfranchised.
He praised the Senate for reversing its position on electronic election results transmission, and added that the country should adopt electronic voting as well.
3. "It's a private visit to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and I've dispensed what's in my heart," Bakare stated when asked about his objective at Aso Rock.
4. Bakare expressed his support for restructuring, calling it a necessary step in moving the country forward.
"As a nation, we are better off working together than going our separate ways. However, it must be founded on principles of equity, justice, fairness, and the rule of law."
5. When asked if he would run for president in 2023, he said he would if God and Nigerians wanted him to.
He stated that: "The Office of the President is only one office. There are so many other things we can do as people to support whoever is there to make sure that we do not slip into retrogression, but continue to make steady progress as a people."
"I’ve already conveyed my future plans to Mr. President, and it stays between us."
Pastor Tunde Bakare had earlier said that he would be the next president of Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure in 2023.
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