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Gov candidates divide Kwara CAN


Crisis is rocking the  Kwara State branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria over endorsements of governorship candidates of two different political parties in the state.

The crisis which has divided the executive members of the association has pitted the two senior priests of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) against each other.

The state Publicity Secretary of CAN, Apostle Shina Ibiyemi told Saturday PUNCH correspondent that a group in the association met with the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Yaman Abdullahi, and gave him their support, while another group of CAN met the state Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress and endorsed him as their candidate in the March 18, 2023 governorship/State Assembly elections.

Ibiyemi said, “The CAN executive did not take a position and we did not talk because we know that the two groups are Christians and they belong to different churches; we did not want to cause a division in CAN.”

However, the Archbishop of Kwara Province of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev Israel Amoo, said the Church had dissociated itself from the purported endorsement of a governorship candidate and political party in the next Saturday governorship/State Assembly election.

A statement personally signed by him, Amoo read, “The province comprised of eight other respected bishops that constituted the province wishes to dissociate themselves from the misleading and all ill-calculated endorsement of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State by CAN.

“That the purported endorsement was conceived, concerted and given birth to by a charlatan whose stock in trade is to denigrate CAN and its leadership by dragging it into partisan politics.

The statement noted that there was no time that CAN as a body either clandestinely or overtly met to endorse the said party as a party of choice for the teeming Christian community in the state.

”The governor has neither met nor requested for an endorsement of the Christian community up-till now, hence the glitz of media endorsement by CAN was not only shocking, but devilish and ungodly,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Reverend Father Raph Ajewole, the Director of Ecumenical of CAN, has also described the posting of the purported endorsement on the social media as ungodly, evil and satanic.

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