The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) said on Thursday that its position against Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket still stands.
This information was revealed by PFN at a meeting of its National Executive Council (SEC), which took place at its Asiwani, Lagos State, National Secretariat.
As a result of an agreement made by Ambassador Michael Freeman, the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, who had previously visited the organization before the SEC conference, PFN can now assist pilgrimages to Israel’s Holy Land.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the SEC meeting for the final quarter of the year, Archbishop John Daniel, National Deputy President of PFN, said that the recent meeting between the leaders of the Northern Christian community and the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate should not be interpreted as PFN’s unanimity in support of the candidate.
‘’As for the meeting with Asiwaju Bola Tinubu by some Bishops from the Northern part of the country, it was a meeting just to listen to his programmes and not for endorsement. This was clearly stated and that was it,’’ he said.
The group emphasized that it still disapproved of the Muslim-Muslim ticket and urged its members to vote only for candidates who had the credibility, dependability, and aptitude to advance Nigeria.
“As a body, we have been praying for a peaceful general election and that everybody should take responsibility by getting their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) and be strategically prepared to vote for candidates who have the capacity, integrity and credibility to move the nation forward,’’
He further said that the PFN was its prayers and consultations towards the election and would come out with its final resolution when the time comes.
“We have not changed our stand because we are still part of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and we are still frowning at the Muslim-Muslim ticket as we believe that the church can vote for candidates that are credible and competent.
‘’Remember that our president, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, addressed a press conference recently where he clarified that we are looking beyond just what it is but for competence and people that can move the country forward.
‘’The church frowns at the Muslim-Muslim ticket but we believe this is not a dead end and we are yet to come up and say this is the person we should vote for because we are still consulting and praying,’’
He claimed that PFN can now help pilgrims travel to Israel’s Holy Land thanks to its meeting with the Ambassador, which was one of the outcomes of the SEC conference.
Bishop Francis Wale Oke, National President of PFN, and other executive members welcomed the Israeli Ambassador.
The Christian organisation claimed that after helping some flood victims in Bayelsa State, it is planning to do the same in Kogi State.