New President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, His Eminence Most Rev. Daniel Okoh says Nigerians, especially Christians, will not vote for President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor and for other political office positions in 2023 elections based on party lines.
According to him, voting in 2023 will be based on individuals, their credibility, character, experience, capacities and antecedents in relation to the positions they want to occupy.
The Archbishop spoke when he delivered a sermon at the 2022 International Men’s Conference of Christ Holy Church International in Abuja on Sunday.
Speaking on the sermon entitled, ‘By Faith, Give Leadership’, he said, “It is important that people of God at this time should have their eyes open. Before casting your votes, make sure you know the people you are giving your votes.
“In Nigeria, things are beginning to change. Gone are those days when people vote based on the political party fielding the candidate; when once you have the ticket of a particular party, you are covered.
“Today, people are looking at individuals, their credibility, character, experience, capacities and antecedents in relation to the positions they want to occupy.”
He condemned vote-buying in the country’s electoral system.
“Nigerians have come to a point where they feel that they need to sit down and negotiate with the presidential and governorship candidates.
“We must ask them: ‘What is our portion in your administration (if elected)?’ They should be able to convince you before you can cast their votes for them. Nobody should take away your future from you. Don’t let anyone give you money to buy your conscience and four years of joy.
“To the people who are in politics, when you are making promises, make sure you are telling the people what you can fulfil.
“There’s no need promising us you can give us heaven on earth when you know that given the realities on the ground you cannot be able to fulfill it,” he said.
Okoh, who doubles as the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church International, also decried the use of youths for political thuggery, saying that the development portended danger for the nation’s democracy.
“Our youths should not allow themselves to be used as political thugs. The era of thuggery in our electoral system is over. They must positively participate in the political process. I am saying with a sense of duty that our youths must not give in to electoral violence.
“We must expand the space to inject new ideas into the systems. The world is moving on, and Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind,” Okoh said.
Describing Nigeria as one of the best places to live in, because of the liberties the people enjoy compared to the citizens of other nations, the CAN President added, “Nigeria, for me, is one of the best places to live in. I love Nigeria, and we must put our collective freedom to good use.”