By Ene Asuquo
The founder and general overseer of Christian Central Chapel (CCCI) and National Publicity Secretary of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria PFN, Bishop Dr Emmah Isong has called on the Nigeria’s judiciary to guide against the counting of votes cast in the court instead of doing the vote count at INEC.
The Clergyman made the call recently in Calabar during the presentation of International award and induction as Ambassador For Peace by Universal Peace Federation of Nigeria.
In his words, “Let me start with the electoral umpire, don’t compromise our franchise. Don’t collect money from politicians. You people are supposed to be independent”.
“I charge INEC to record all the votes cast, instead of resorting to take the votes to appeal and supreme courts to count after elections”.
“I have so much respect for the judiciary because my wife is part to the judiciary. We would not accept a situation where some politicians would be sleeping without carrying enough campaign only to jump to court after elections for results to be upturn to thier favour.
“Whatever is the technicality of the law and lacuna of the legal system,let our PVCs speak louder than any other voice including the voice in the presidency.”He maintained.
The cleric urged the nation’s security agencies not to allow our election be marred by violence.
He called on losers of the contest to borrow from the wisdom of former president Goodluck Jonathan who accepted defeat and congratulated his Political opponent so as not to distabilize the country.
“Don’t mobilize thugs against anyone. Nigerians are not ready to witness violence of any form. Accept defeat once an opponent defeats you” The cleric advised.