The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has advised governorship candidates in the November 6 election in Anambra State to ensure free, fair and credible poll.
It cautioned against all forms of rigging, warning that attempt by any of candidates to rig the election would result to generational curse on them.
Addressing newsmen in Awka, President of PFN in the State, Bishop Moses Ezedebego said although PFN had not endorsed any candidate for the election, the Pentecostals all over the state had been put on notice to vote for the best candidate.
He said,“We are calling on all the voters to guard their votes after voting and resist any form of rigging in the coming election. Any money gotten to rig election is blood money and will bring generational curses to the people involved.
“Let the candidates engage in issue -based campaigns since election is not a do or die affair. We also ask our youths not to allow any candidate to use them during the campaign and elections day proper to ferment trouble.
“We have mobilized our teeming members in the state to arm themselves with voters’ card to vote the candidate of their choice on Nov. 6. We have also emphasized that Anambra State needs a God-fearing man, a good manager of resources, a man of impeccable character and humanity.
“We need a governor for everybody; someone that will carry everybody along and we are praying for the right candidate to take over Anambra state on Nov. 6, 2021.”
The PFN leader further urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be an impartial empire by ensuring all candidates were given equal and level- playing ground during the exercise.
Describing PFN as organized body of different churches with one central leadership encouraging good governance, religious tolerance and the unity of the body of Christ, Ezedebego hinted that the body had set up a good governance committee headed by Dr. Amaechi Nwachukwu to assist galvanize and ensure good representation of the people in governance.
He also revealed plans by the body to organize prayer rally in the State next month to strengthen the unity of the church, pray for the nation and the forthcoming guber election.
“National president of PFN, Bishop Francis Waleoke would attend the prayer session with top leaders of PFN to pray specially for the success of the Anambra election. All Pentecostals from the 179 communities in the state will also participate at the session,” he added.
Ezedebego further urged the Federal Government to stop bullying justified agitators.
Apparently referring to the cases of Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igbo of the Yoruba Nation and Nnamdi Kanu of the Indigenous People of Biafra who are currently under incarceration, PFN advised the President, Major General Muhammedu Buhari(retd) to “humbly listen and dialogue with such agitators where necessary”
He said settlement of issues arising from different parts of the country would ensure peaceful coexistence
The bishop said,“The Federal Government should address purposefully the issues of agitations and insecurity in the country. The government should not bully and suppress justified agitations but to dialogue where it is necessary.
” We believe that the greatest challenge we have in the country is the monumental corruption in the system which the government has failed woefully to address properly”.