In the history of Ghana, not many pastors have been bold enough to join politics or even declare their political stance.
Obviously, the vilification and insults that come with one's involvement with active politics goes sharply against their esteemed positions and it is understandable that they refrain.
This notwithstanding, YEN.com.gh brings you a list of pastors in the country currently who would very likely be successful if they joined active politics, and they even could win presidential elections.
1. Mensa Otabil:
This will be the first name on the lips of many Ghanaians if you go round to solicit for views on this topic.
Known to be an adept Christian preacher, Pastor Otabil's influence transcends the pulpit.
He has been named on more than one occasion as the most most influential person by The Ghana Most Influential Awards.
In fact, in 2016 when the current President, Nana Akufo-Addo won the elections against then President John Mahama, Pastor Otabil still beat him to the award.
Just last week, he was named as the most influential Ghanaian pastor on social media for the year 2017.
With such stature and as the head pastor of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) with a lot of congregants, there is no doubt that he would be successful if he became a politician and may even beat Nana Akufo-Addo to become President.
2. Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams:
Often recognized as the father of the Charismatic Movement in the Ghanaian Christian fraternity, Archbishop Duncan-Williams is very much respected.
His influence goes beyond the borders of Ghana.
In 2017, he was named by the New African Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans.
Archbishop also holds the enviable record of being the first non-American to lead prayer at the Inauguration of an incoming US President. This happened at the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017.
As the General Overseer of the Action Chapel International, the Archbishop commands a very large following.
If he decided to join politics and contest in elections, he will definitely be heading for the top.
3. Bishop Dag Heward-Mills
A trained medical doctor, Bishop Heward-Mills has turned into a very successful man of God in Ghana.
Apart from being a pastor he also known to be a prolific author (He has a column in the Daily Guide) and conference speaker.
All these have come together to ensure that he features prominently and regularly on the list Ghana's Most Influential persons, year in and year out.
Being the Founder and Presiding Bishop of the Lighthouse Chapel International, Dr Heward-Mills has good numbers to back him if he decided to contest in elections.
4. Bishop Charles Agyinasare
Also considered as one of the most charismatic pastors in Ghana, he has often featured prominently in The Ghana Most influential awards.
As the Founder of the Word Miracle Church International which has now become the Perez Chapel, Bishop Agyinasare also has the numbers to help him if he thinks of becoming a politician.
5. Bishop Daniel Obinim
Bishop Daniel Obinim's selection may come across as a problematic one because of the many controversies he usually finds himself in.
But politics is about numbers which he has, looking at the huge crowds that gather during his church service.
And to be fair to him, scandal upon scandal, he has been able to weather them all. That shows he has a thick skin which would have come in handy if he were a politician.
If you consider the many controversies that have surrounded him and the number of followers he still has, Obinim will be a maverick politician if he decided to join.
In short, all the above named men of God are very influential, have large followings, and likable personalities.
These are all traits one should have in order to become a successful politician and with the right alliances, anyone may be able to beat President Nana Akufo-Addo if they were to contest in election today.
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