- As the 2019 general elections draw near, Nigerians focus keenly on INEC to conduct hitch-free and credible polls
- The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) admonished the commision to uphold neutrality and impartiality throughout the polls
- Moreover, the vice president of the PFN, Bishop Simeon Okah, kicked against the proposed use of military personnel for the exercise
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on Wednesday, September 26, in clear tones admonished the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to uphold neutrality and impartiality in the forthcoming 2019 general polls.
The religious group said that INEC would be setting Nigeria on fire if it compromises its steadfastness during the elections, Punch reports.
The PFN's south-south the national vice president, Bishop Simeon Okah, spoke against the use of the military for the polls.
Lending his support to the use of police and other security agencies, Okah stressed that the operatives should maintain a non partisan spirit and regard the security of the lives and properties on Nigeria as the topmost necessity, adding that the PFN will support an electoral system that will bring about Nigeria's long desired leadership.
The PFN's vice president urged INEC's chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to make good Nigerians' trust in him by conducting free and credible elections.
He said: “The PFN on its part, promised to be neutral, but it will stand for the truth at all times and put the interest of the Church and the nation first.
”All pastors have been directed to sensitize their members on the need for a free and fair election across the nation in 2019.
“We challenge INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu to live up to his credibility as a professor. Nigerians have confidence in Professor Yakubu , but it is now up to him not to disappoint the people. We want credible elections in 2019.”
He further said that all votes must count, and there should be no room for any sort of rigging or polls manipulation.
He notes that a two-day event with its theme Sustaining Godliness in Governance provided the avenue for pastors to be educated on values to watch out for in aspirants as the various political parties hold their primaries.
Okah said: “The church leaders were also told to educate their members to participate actively in the political process and not just sit back and complain.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the United States (US) had commended the INEC for declaring the Osun gubernatorial election inconclusive and ordering a rerun election.
NAIJ.com gathered that David Young who is the deputy chief of mission of the US embassy in Nigeria spoke in Kaduna where he said the rerun would enhance democracy.
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