Re­vealed: Real Rea­son Pas­tor Idowu Iluy­omade will Miss Gover­nor Am­bode

THISDAY - - HIGHLIFE -

While it may be im­pos­si­ble to gauge the soul-deep grief and vis­ceral sense of loss be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by Pas­tor Idowu Iluy­omade, the flam­boy­ant pas­tor of Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God, City of David parish, Lekki, La­gos, over the fail­ure of Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode to se­cure a sec­ond term ticket, what is not in doubt is that the in­flu­en­tial cleric must have wished that he had a higher level of grace and clair­voy­ance to have been able to foretell the fu­ture.

Nei­ther he nor Am­bode fore­saw the fate that has be­fallen the hard-work­ing and ded­i­cated gover­nor’s po­lit­i­cal tra­jec­tory.

Pas­tor ID, even more than the gover­nor’s aides and as­so­ci­ates, and rel­a­tives and ben­e­fi­cia­ries, is worse hit by the ro­tund gover­nor’s fail­ure to se­cure the back­ing of his god­fa­ther, Asi­waju Bola Ahmed Tin­ubu, for a sec­ond term in of­fice, lead­ing to a dis­as­trous de­feat at the gov­er­nor­ship pri­maries.

Like mere mor­tals, he was bank­ing on Am­bode’s re-elec­tion to con­sol­i­date on their bur­geon­ing busi­ness re­la­tion­ships.

As the pre­sid­ing pas­tor of the City of David Church which is home to some of the wealth­i­est and most in­flu­en­tial res­i­dents of La­gos, Pas­tor ID, as he is pop­u­larly known, is a hit among his con­gre­ga­tion. Long be­fore he be­came gover­nor, Am­bode, then a high­fly­ing civil ser­vant was a reg­u­lar church­goer who wor­shipped the grounds the pas­tor trod.

When he be­came gover­nor, Pas­tor ID be­came the spir­i­tual fa­ther and very close to the very hard-work­ing gover­nor. Suave and rich, Pas­tor Iluy­omade who claims to en­joy ad­vo­cacy and at­tends court reg­u­larly, rep­re­sent­ing high­net-worth clients and blue chip com­pa­nies, has busi­ness in­ter­ests in com­mer­cial prac­tice and in par­tic­u­lar, in­ter­na­tional trade fi­nance. He is a board mem­ber of Aboil En­ergy Ser­vices LTD; man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Ax­iom IT Sys­tems Ltd and Chair­man, Vis­i­ble As­sets Ltd, among other boards’ ap­point­ments.

In fact, one of the pas­tor’s firms was sup­posed to ex­e­cute the Fourth Main­land Bridge but this may have been aborted given the po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests in the con­tract.

From 2019, Pas­tor ID may no longer en­joy the po­lit­i­cal pa­tron­age his close­ness to Am­bode availed him, but he is still a much-sought-af­ter man of God. And apart from his busi­ness and evan­gel­i­cal in­ter­ests, he has the church’s most im­por­tant project to keep him busy.

The church is cur­rently build­ing the Trin­ity Tow­ers, a high-pro­file fa­cil­ity, lo­cated op­po­site the church au­di­to­rium in Oniru Es­tate, Vic­to­ria Is­land, La­gos. Primed as a 21st Cen­tury struc­ture with three tow­ers linked to­gether, it has world class au­di­to­rium and con­fer­ence cen­tres, gym­na­sium and spe­cial fea­tures like a he­li­pad, malls, of­fices and gar­den ter­races which of­fer seren­ity and relaxation op­por­tu­ni­ties in an eco-friendly at­mos­phere. Pas­tor ID’s beau­ti­ful wife, Siju, also a lawyer, is hands down the most be­jew­elled pas­tor’s wife in Nige­ria.

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