Could it be that the Edo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is backing the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)? This is because CAN in Edo wants the voters to vote for what it called ‘continuity of good works’. This is understood to be a call for votes for the PDP candidate, Gov Godwin Obaseki who is already on seat and seeks a second term.
CAN however called on President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct credible governorship election slated for September 19 in the State.
Addressing members of CAN in Benin City, the State chairman of the association, Oriname Oyonnude Kure, urged all believers in the state to vote for the candidates of their choice.
Kure who appealed to political parties to shun violence, called on religious leaders and head of churches to also warn their members against being used as agent of violence and electoral malpractices.
“We call on all believers and the good people of Edo State to go to the poll and vote wisely and conscientiously without any fear or favour.
“This is the critical moment in determining the destiny of our state, Edo State bearing in mind the very future of this state, the future of our children, integrity, sustainability of the faith, continuity and sustainability of the developmental stride that has placed our state in an enviable position in the committee of states.
“Brethren, vote for integrity, vote for prosperity, and vote for the continuity of the good works in Edo State”, the CAN chairman emphasized,” he said.
On the current political electioneering in the state, Kure called on all political bigwigs and stakeholders to avoid campaigns of calumny but dwell more on issue based campaigns as they go about their electioneering in the state.
While condemning their actions, and threat to the safety of the people in recent times, he noted that political campaigns is an opportunity for candidates to market their manifestos to the electorate, and explain their programmes.
Kure, also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to demonstrate uncommon courage, integrity, honesty, fairness and unfeigned commitment in the conduct of the election in the state.
“INEC must ensure a successful election in the overall interest of Edo people and the nation. CAN frowns with all sense of responsibility at any form of electoral biases to favour any candidate”, he added.