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The Kogi State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Monday debunked endorsing the state governor, Yahaya Bello ahead of the November 16 governorship election.

The chairman of the association, Dr John Ibenu, said this at the CAN Extra-Ordinary Extended Exco Meeting held in Lokoja.

There have been rumours that CAN in Kogi had endorsed Governor Bello who is seeking re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

But Ibenu on behalf of Kogi CAN while reacting to this, said “CAN is a spiritual and religious organisation and not a political organisation. All our members belong to as many political parties of their choice and they are free to do so.

“CAN is a father body to all political parties, and so cannot and should not adopt any political party in any election (unless it is compelled to do so and must be the decision of an emergency plenary).

“CAN has not adopted any candidate, every member is encouraged to join the political party of his or her choice. CAN is open to all,” he restated.

He maintained that any political party that needed and demanded the support of CAN members must be committed to the fear of God; ensure peace and unity of polity; justice, equity and fairness to all.

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The chairman also added that such parties and aspirants must address issues of workers and general welfare of the people, ensure security of lives and property from evil men.

The chairman also demanded that aspirants must have the interest of the Christians at heart with flair for equality and freedom of worship, address issues of job creation, youths and women empowerment.

“All parties’ flag bearers as they emerge, must shun religious, ethnic, class and nepotic tendencies or bigotry while urging all citizens to be law abiding as they go about their civic duties.

“We are open to pray for, counsel and receiving any political party that needs our attention.

“We call on INEC, politicians, security agencies and all stakeholders to ensure that the election is free, fair, and credible. Remember that God will bring all our actions to judgment sooner or later,” he said.

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