According to CAN President Daniel Okoh Nigerians will vote for individuals rather than parties
The Christian Association of Nigeria declared on Sunday that Nigerians will not choose a candidate to succeed President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) in 2023 based on their political party.
The organization claims that Nigerians no longer vote based solely on the candidates put forth by political parties.
In his lecture titled “By faith, provide leadership” during the 2022 men’s conference of Christ Holy Church International, CAN President Archbishop Daniel Okoh made this claim.
He asserted that voters, especially Christians, will choose candidates in the upcoming general election based on their present qualifications and prior performance.
“It is crucial that God’s people have their eyes open at this time,” Okoh stated. Make sure you are familiar with the candidates before casting your vote.
“Things are starting to shift in Nigeria. There was a time when people cast their votes depending on the political party that was supporting the candidate; if you were on a party’s ticket, you were safe.
People today evaluate persons based on their trustworthiness, character, experience, capacities, and antecedents relative to the jobs they aspire to fill.
The CAN President criticized the threat of vote-buying in the nation’s electoral process and argued that the populace must start questioning the intentions and programs of politicians before choosing who will be given a mandate for the following four years.
But he warned politicians against misleading the public in order to get their support.
“Nigerians have reached a point where they feel that they need to sit down and talk with the presidential and gubernatorial candidates,” the CAN President declared.
If they are elected, we must ask them: “What is our role in your administration? You must be persuaded before you can cast your vote for them. Your future shouldn’t be taken away from you by anyone. Do not allow someone to pay for your conscience or four years of happiness.
“To the people who are in politics, when you are making promises, make sure you are telling the people what you can fulfil.
“There’s no need promising us you can give us heaven on earth when you know that given the realities on the ground, you cannot be able to fulfill it.”
He also raised the alarm over the use of youths for political thuggery, noting that the development portended danger for the nation’s democracy.
He said, “Our youths should not allow themselves to be used as political thugs. The era of thuggery in our electoral system is over.
“They must positively participate in the political process. I am saying with a sense of duty that our youths must not give in to electoral violence.
“We must expand the space to inject new ideas into the systems. The world is moving on, and Nigeria cannot afford to be left behind.”
The CAN President described Nigeria as one of the best places to live in, because of the liberties the people enjoyed compared to the citizens of other nations.
“Nigeria, for me, is one of the best places to live in. I love Nigeria, and we must put our collective freedom to good use,” he said.
The cleric said that the problems facing Christians were not peculiar to Nigeria.
He tasked the body of Christ to demonstrate leadership by providing hope to the rest of the country by faith in God.
Okoh said, “The Church is under attack, but not only in Nigeria. Globally, the truth is under attack.
“There’s no generation that had not had its own challenges. We are facing ours and must find a way to wriggle ourselves out of it.
“Some many things polarise the people at this time, but as Christians, we need to always stand together, knowing that we serve the same Lord and share in the same heritage.
“It is our unity and oneness that gives us the force to contend with whatever that opposes our very existence. When we are together, as people of God, there’s nothing we cannot conquer. Together, we can give a sense of security to our nation.
“In this (election) season, the Christians are going to provide leadership by faith, but with our two eyes opened.
“There is a miracle waiting to happen in this country and it will surely become a reality. We should not put our trust in man.”