2019 polls: Desperation of politicians causing fear among Nigerians, says CAN

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Samson Ayokunle, has said the desperation of politicians ahead of the 2019 general elections was generating anxiety among Nigerians.

Ayokunle disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday during the nationwide “special prayers for the 2019 polls and release of captives” organised by CAN.


Urging the citizens not to be worried and assuring them that the polls would be credible and violence-free, the CAN leader also warned electoral officers against manipulating the 2019 polls’ results to favour any particular candidate.

He urged the people to be focus and expect positive outcome of the polls, warning the youths against being used to cause violence during the elections.


Ayokunle frowned on the discreditable conduct of some politicians which he said was demonstrated in their flagrant disobedience to party rules and regulations during the party primaries.

“We have seen the desperation of the politicians, many of whom have taken others to court in flagrant disobedience of their parties; some even engaged in buying votes to win elections. This is not the spirit of democracy; this is not the spirit of God. So, all these are generating palpable fear. I want somebody to focus on the Promised Land, not the way to the Promised Land. I see a successful Nigeria,” he said.

On his part, the Chairman, Pentecostal Forum, Northern Nigeria, Bishop Praise Daniel, reminded politicians that promotion was divinely ordained, noting that desperation did not guarantee victory.

“Nigerians must go out and vote and we must vote for worthy leaders; Leaders that love the nation, not their pockets. We must vote leaders that will build infrastructure, roads, hospitals, modern facilities that you could see all over the world; leaders that can change the narratives in our nation,” Daniel said.

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