Emmanuel Ugwu-Nwogo in Umuahia
Church leaders in Abia State have called on all stakeholders in the March 18 governorship election to ensure that the poll is devoid of violence and other malpractices.
They made the call yesterday at a press conference in Umuahia, Abia State capital, saying they would not like a situation where the anomalies that occurred during the presidential/National Assembly poll rear their heads in the governorship/state Assembly election again.
The concerns of the church leaders were expressed in a statement read by the state Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Apostle Emmanuel Agomoh.
It was endorsed by representatives of the church leaders, including the host, Most Rev. Chibuzo Raphael Opoko, Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia, Most Rev. Dr. Isaac Chijloke Nwaobla, Aba Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican) and Bishop Elekwa Chikezie, chairman, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Abia State chapter
The clerics explained that they were constrained to address the public again and make the clarion call for peaceful, transparent poll “following subsequent observations and unfolding events in the Nigerian political/electoral space, particularly in Abia State.
“There’s authoritative and reliable information that the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) was upstaged by saboteurs during the February 25 poll thereby compromising the outcome.
“As we approach the next elections on March 18, 2023, we caution these saboteurs and elements to desist from such acts that marred the electoral process and further their selfish agenda. Abians are aware of their unscrupulous acts and the citizens are more conscious of their rights now than ever.”