Andy Esiet, Calabar
The National body of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has disassociated itself from the directives of the Cross River chapter adopting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Senator Sandy Onor as it’s preferred candidate for the March 11 poll.
A statement dated March 5 and signed by the National Publicity of PFN, Bishop Emmah Isong quoting from the Bible (Ecclesiastes 11 vs 3) said, “how will the rain fall and the ground does not know?”
Bishop Isong who is also the General Overseer of the Christian Central Chapel International (CCCI) said, “for some days now, I have been inundated with several calls especially from politicians and senior pastors about the above memo purported to have emanated from our PFN chapter containing instructions to our members on how to vote come this saturday Guber Elections in Cross River State.
“Even though I never heard of this decision nor was I ever consulted. my advise is that it is very important we tread very cautiously on this and other political matters else we shall be seen as being partisan and loose our roles as Spiritual Fathers and Mentors”.
He stated that, “though we have the constitutional rights to air our views but let us avoid a situation the enemy uses politics to divide the Church of the living God. Acts 1 vs 24 says: “And they prayed, and said; thou, lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,”
“We have prayed and fasted, it is now time for God Almighty to help us cast our votes wisely this Saturday March 11th 2023. Our Motto says; ‘That They May Be One’ (John 17 v 22)”
Recall that the State Chairman of PFN, Pastor Lawrence Ekwok had in a statement, signed by him, the General Secretary, Apostle Frank Umo and the State Director, Politics and Good Governance, Pastor Kyrian Ojong and made available to some newsmen in a press briefing today March 6 at the Assembly of God Church, Diamond Hill, Calabar directed their members to vote for the PDP governorship candidate.