Anambra governorship election: Christian Association of Nigeria rejects imposition of candidates

The association resolved to hold a church leaders’ conference to brainstorm on how to solve the crisis in Ohaneze Ndigbo.

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in the South-East is to hold a meeting with the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo to resolve the crisis rocking the organisation. The Association also vowed to reject imposition of candidates for the Anambra gubernatorial election.

Addressing newsmen at the end of its executive council meeting on Monday, the Chairman of the association, Emmanuel Chukwuma, said it was the duty of the church to foster peace and unity among the people.

He said the association had resolved to hold a church leaders’ conference to brainstorm on how to solve the crisis in Ohaneze Ndigbo.

“I have started meeting with prominent church leaders to solve the crisis in Ohaneze Ndigbo. The crisis there must be resolved by the church. We must solve this problem, if not, presidency from the Igbo race will be a wasted exercise,’’ he said.

The chairman said the association, during its meeting, appealed to the Federal Government to resolve the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). He said this was was necessary to save the educational system and development in the country.

Mr. Chukwuma said the association had suggested the use of the money voted for the Federal Governments’ SURE-P as an option to resolve the strike.

“This ASUU strike should be resolved as soon as possible with SURE-P money so that the ASUU people can go back to work so that these children will not be frustrated.

“Because their future is very much important to us and as we are going on in this transformation agenda, we must not neglect education.

“Education is one of the great legacies Nigeria must face if our children are going to be very much transformed,’’ Mr. Chukwuma said.

Anambra election

On the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra in November the chairman said the church would not condone any imposition of candidates by political godfathers in the state.

“We have resolved that no group, no party can impose any person as the governor of Anambra State, the church will resist it.

“The mandate of the people must be respected. Let the people in the political parties go for primaries then from there to the election proper.

“No consensus candidate; we are concerned about a credible candidate, the pedigree of the person that will salvage Anambra. We do not want politics with money but that of conscience and fear of God,’’ Mr. Chukwuma said.

(NAN)

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