The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, leadership has refuted rumors that it has endorsed Mr. Peter Obi, the candidate of the Labour Party for president, as was previously reported.
This was revealed to Vanguard on Friday by Bishop Dr. Gospel Emmah Isong, the PFN’s national publicity secretary.
His said, “I want you to know that nothing like that has happened in the history of the PFN. We have not endorsed any political party or any presidential candidate, rather what we have ongoing is the 17th Biennial conference of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria PFN, titled, “More Than Conquerors,” currently ongoing in Bayelsa state.
He emphasized that the conference is a place where all Christians, especially those in positions of authority, can come and fellowship with the group, and he said that no endorsements were given at the conference.
Isong claimed that the rumor was untrue and urged well-intentioned Nigerians to avoid following any fake news that might be popular on social media platforms because it might be used to defame PFN and bring its good name into shame.
“We coincidentally had the Vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Gov, Ifanyi Okowa of Delta state, his Excellency former governor Mr Peter Obi, same day, come into fellowship with us.
“And at no point did the National President his Eminence Bishop Dr Wale Oke, nor fathers of faith of NEC endorse any presidential candidate or political party. That has not happened. I believe whatever you have read regarding that issue is junk and fake news”.
PFN urged Nigeria’s 60 million Christians to research each candidate’s background and cast their ballots in accordance with their conscience, emphasizing that it would not and could not compel any Christian to support a particular candidate.
He emphasized that PFN is nonpartisan and that it is aware that its members are affiliated with many political parties, so we won’t make the error of endorsing at this time.
Isong said, “Today we are expecting the Executive secretary, the Christians Pilgrims Board who serves with the federal government in the person of Dr Yakubu Pam coming to fellowship and pray with us for the good of this nation.
“We have not yet and never will we endorse any political candidate for the 2023 elections. We asked our members to pray wait for the lord and vote according to their conscience.”