By David Nsa
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Cross River State chapter has called on spiritual leaders to rise up and seek for political office even as it promised to give spiritual, moral and financial support to proven Christian candidates in the 2019 polls.
The PFN stated this in a communiqué issued at the end of the independence day service held at the Gold City Gospel Church in Calabar and forms part of its resolutions to be more active in the political process that throws up leaders.
“Committed Christians are encourage to take part in politics and to seek election into public offices, as politics will remain dirty so long as genuine Christians stay away from participating,” read the communiqué signed by the chairman, Pastor Lawrence Ekwok.
The PFN resolved that it will work with other Christian blocs to give massive support and vote massively for, “proven Christians contesting the 2019 election at all levels.”
“The PFN ministers and members should embark on campaign in church to encourage members who are yet to get their PVCs (Permanent Voter’s Card) to collect them as a matter of priority before 2019 elections.
“That, during 2019 elections, Christians should turn out en masse to vote for candidates approved by PFN and ensure that they protect their vote.
“Christian politicians are enjoined to be steadfast and not bow to pressure to compromise their faith by being initiated into cults. It should be clear to them that God is the giver of power.
“It was resolved that spiritual,moral and financial support should be given to credible Christian candidates standing elections.
“PFN Spiritual leaders are encouraged to take their place politically and speak against bad leadership and/or commend good leadership where it exists.
“PFN leadership are asked to liaise with other Christian blocs and also leverage on the existing PFN structures to ensure the realisation of the goals of the church politically.”
Also, the chapter commended the steps taken by the national leadership of the PFN in ensuring that members nationwide, play active roles in the emergence of the political leaders in the 2019 elections and sued for a buffer platform.
“The national leadership of the PFN is encouraged to set up a buffer platform that could among other things provide support for committed Christians going into politics or contesting elections even as the platform can also serve as political/election monitoring group nationwide,” the PFN said.
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