PFN endorses PDP Guber Candidate in Cross River, Gives Reasons
By Magnus Effiong, Calabar
There was palpable tension in Calabar, the Cross River State capital over the endorsement of the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Sandy Onor, by the State chapter of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN.
Blueprint in Calabar reports that the leadership of the PFN in the State, in a media briefing shortly the Senator was endorsed and prayed for, described the endorsement as the unanimous decision of the body.
A press statement, signed by the PFN Chairman in the State, Dr Lawrence Ekwok, General Secretary Frank Umo and Director, Politics and Good Governance, Pastor Prof Kyrian Ojong, said “the decision is taken in the overall interest of Cross River State.”
The PFN leaders explained that in order to arrive at the choice of Senator Onor, the body carried out an opinion polls through its Strategy Committee and that the PDP candidate emerged as winner.
The statement read in part: ” A total of 429 leaders at the LGAlevel voted through the secret ballot system and the scores were as follows; the PDP candidate scored 260 votes, the APC candidate had 114 votes, the PRP candidate had 47 votes while 8 votes were voided. It is important to mention that the PDP candidate had the highest number of votes in the elections conducted in all the three senatorial districts.
“In order to arrive at a collective and unanimous decision, an enlarged meeting of State Advisory Council, SAC; State Executive Committee, SEC; and all LGA Coordinators was held on Sunday, February 19, 2023 in which the entire 51 members resolved that the reports and recommendations of the Strategy Committee and those from the three Senatorial districts be adopted.
“A motion to that effect was formally moved and seconded, and consequently, the entire leadership and membership of the Pentecostal Felloriship of Nigeria, PFN, Cross River State formally and officially endorsed the candidature of the governorsnip candidate of the PDP, Senator Prof. Sandy Ojang Onor for the March 11, 2023governorship election.
“We therefore hereby call on all members of the PentecostalFellowship of Nigeria, PFN in all our member churches across the state to vote massively for the PDP governorship candidate in the March 11, 2023 governorshipelection, as the endorsement is the collective and unanimous decision of the leadership and membership of PFN Cross River State.
“It is important to note that this decision is devoid of any selfish interest or any form of influence. Rather, it is taken in the overall interest of Cross River State.”