By Ene Asuquo
Ahead of Saturday’s Governorship election in the country, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria PFN, Cross River State chapter said yesterday that the fellowship have endorsed the Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic party PDP.
In a press statements issued by the fellowship in calabar dated march 6,2023 and signed by the state chairman Lawrence Ekwok and the General secretary, Apostle Frank Umoh, said that PFN took a decision to participate actively in the emergence of political leadership in cross River State, particularly for the Governorship position in the state.
In adopting the PDP candidate, the fellowship said a strategy committee was setup with a mandate to interview and interrogate major Governorship candidates in the state with specific guidelines then report back to the fellowship the one that would best serve the interest of the state
The statement added that the strategy committee recommended voting that was carried out by PFN leaders across all the local government in a secret ballot system with a total of 429 leaders voting.According to the statement, the PDP candidate scored 260 votes, while the APC scored 114 and the PRP scored 47 and 8 votes where voided.
In a related development, the National body of PFN seems to disassociate its selves from the purported adoption of the peoples Democratic party (PDP) Governorship candidate, prof. Sandy Onor
In a letter from the office of the National Publicity Secretary of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria dated 5th march 2023, and signed by Bishop Emmah Isong, he urged the leadership of the state chapter of the fellowship to tread with caution as the purported adoption of PDP candidate is capable of destroying the the church of God
His statement; “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 father and mentors”