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Abia Pastors Declares Fasting And Prayer For Free-Fair And Peaceful Election

The Representatives of Abia State Church Leaders, appealed to INEC to conduct a credible election. Church leaders in Abia have declared Friday, March 17, for fasting and prayers, to seek the face of God for a violence-free Governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday. Bishop Chikezie Elekwa, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, made this known to newsmen in Umuahia on Thursday.

The pastors urged all the electorate to come out in their masses on Saturday to exercise their franchise. The chairman of the pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria, Mr. Elekwa, Abia chapter, said that the programme became necessary to seek God’s intervention in the affairs of the state.And that the Groups under the aegis of Representatives of Abia State Church Leaders, appealed to INEC to conduct a credible election.

The clergymen also issued a statement, which was read by the state Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr Emmanuel Agomoh.

They appealed to INEC officials “to vehemently resist the temptation to receive bribes or gratification from anybody or group to manipulate the votes and steal the people’s mandate”.

According to them, this appeal extends to the NYSC ad hoc staff members working for INEC.

“They should ensure that they are not co-opted by corrupt politicians to sacrifice their future destinies on the altar of immediate and mundane gains,” they further said.They urged the INEC officials to conduct themselves responsibly, shun tardiness by arriving at the polling units early with all the necessary materials and conducting the election fairly and transparently. Other dignitaries who were present are the Catholic Bishop of Umuahia, Most Rev. Michael Ukpong, the Archbishop of Aba Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Isaac Nwaobia, Bishop and Moderator, the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Umuahia, Rt. Rev. Ibeawuchi Agwu, amongst others.

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