- The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state has told the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) not to participate in partisan politics
- It said this is in CAN's best interest
- Going further, the party alleged that the Christian umbrella has sympathy for the PDP
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been urged to steer clear of partisan politics because it’s not in its own best interest.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state gave this advice while reacting to CAN’s recent call for the cancellation of Ekiti and Osun governorship elections, both of which the APC won.
The APC in a statement by its director of publicity, research and strategy, Kunle Oyatomi, alleged that the Christian umbrella body had been showing open support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since the days of former President Goodluck Jonathan, The Nation reports.
“We are unimpressed by the patent hostility of CAN to the APC, which has become open since the Presidency of Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
“CAN has been so pro-PDP that it has been acting like an unofficial extension of that party in Osun.
“CAN cannot afford to be partisan in such a multi-religious society as Nigerian. It is supposed to be a unifying factor not a divisive one. But unfortunately, since the Ayo Orisejafor presidency of CAN, that organisation has become unashamedly and openly supportive of the PDP.
“In our opinion, CAN is not a court of law to demand the cancellation of Ekiti and Osun elections, which it did not even observe. The lawyers are already in tribunal and the decision to uphold or cancel the elections belongs with the judges at the tribunal.
“It is, therefore, presumptuous and unbecoming of a body like CAN to intervene in politics and legal matters, not because of its interest in legality and justice but because of its emotional political disposition in favour of the PDP.
“Osun’s population is not only limited to Christians. But since Rauf Aregbesola became governor, he has been even-handed with all faith. Still, CAN’s posture to some of the governor’s actions has been combative from a standpoint of faith,” APC said in a statement.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a group of Nigerian Christians under the aegis of Coalition for Godly Change (CGC) promised to do everything in its disposal to salvage the country from its present woes.
The group made the promise on Monday, October 1, while briefing the press after a meeting with Christian groups across the country in Abuja.
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NAIJ.com gathered that the convener of the meeting, Professor Adeniyi Ojitiku, said Nigeria has witnessed series of setbacks and cannot afford to repeat same mistakes again.
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