As preparations for the 2023 general elections get intensified, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Niger state Chapter has disclosed that Christians across the state will vote massively for parties that field Christians as either Governorship or Deputy candidates.
In an emergency meeting with State Executive members, Local Government Coordinators, Bloc and other leaders held at the State Secretariat in Minna and presided over by the CAN Chairman, Most Rev. Bulus Dauwa Yohanna, the Christian leaders reiterated their stance on voting massively against any political party that fields same faith ticket for Governorship in the forthcoming general elections.
While reiterating that Christians in Niger state could no longer be sidelined from Governance and Administration of the state, Bishop Yohanna said the Body of Christ will also support Christian Candidates who are vying for other elective positions.
In a statement by his Media Aide, Daniel Atori, the State Chairman of CAN disclosed that “we have resolved to allow equity, justice and fairness to play out. We are aware that there have been so many arguments as to the population of Christians in the state; Well, democracy is said to be a game of numbers, it is still very well a matter of few months from now.
“As equal stakeholders in Niger state who are concerned about the development of the state, we are ready to mobilize all Christians not to support and vote for any Political Party that undermines us to present a same faith ticket for the forthcoming general elections.
“We call on all eligible Nigerlites especially Christians to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) so as to participate in the 2023 general elections if they truly want to effect positive change.
“We are convinced that whichever party gets the bulk of Christian votes will without a doubt carry the day. We shall vote en-masse and be the determinant of who governs us in the next dispensation.
“If Niger State must be rescued, then Christians both in the rural and urban areas must wake up and do the needful. We need to arm ourselves with our PVCs, make all necessary efforts to do so”.
Bishop Yohanna assured that, the leadership of CAN will continue to sensitize and conscientize its members, adding that “all we are telling political parties is that with our voters’ cards, we will sway votes towards the party that respect Christians in the state.”
Furthermore, he urged Leaders of churches and Christians not to sit on the fence but participate actively in the electoral process.