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Tinubu, Atiku, Others Should Not See 2023 Elections As Do-or-die Affair – CAN

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised all presidential candidates not to see the 2023 general election as a do-or-die affair. CAN Chairman in the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Rev. Yakubu Pam, gave the advice on Thursday at a three-day Special Prayer Summit in Kaduna State.

Pam urged the flagbearers to explain to Nigerians how they intend to address the economic and security challenges, facing the country and not discuss non-issues. The CAN official also called on the candidates to shun campaigns of calumny and character assassination of opponents ahead of the 2023 Presidential election. He said: “Politicians should strive to address the issues of the economy and proffer solutions and shun campaigns of calumny and character assassination of opponents.

“More so, our presidential candidates should not see the general election as a do-or-die affair, after all, power comes from God and what will be, will be; no man runs faster than his shadow. “Religious leaders should be able to speak truth to power no matter the circumstances we find ourselves because, for everyone we mislead, we must answer for it someday. “Our people look up to us for leadership, especially at this time of our democratic experience.

We must not fail them. We must provide the needed leadership and direction for them so that this house must not fall.” Speaking further, Pam said the interest of the northern Christians is to promote the unity of the north in particular and Nigeria as a whole. He called on Federal Government to ensure that all the presidential candidates are given equal chances to campaign and solicit votes from the electorates. “It is equally the responsibility of the government to ensure a level playing field for all the candidates of all the political parties and voters so that at the end of the day, we will have credible elections that would be accepted by Nigerians,” he added.


Source: Naija News



I’m stepping stone to Igbo presidency, says Atiku

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, took their campaign to Anambra State on Thursday. Amid tight security, the PDP candidate who landed at the Ekwueme Square, Awka, at about 2:10 pm, met and held a closed-door meeting with the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, at the Governor’s Lodge in Amawbia.

Atiku thereafter proceeded to the Government House, Awka, to meet the traditional rulers of the state, headed by the Obi of Onitsha and the Chairman, Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Alfred Achebe. Atiku promised to unite Nigeria, tackle insecurity and unemployment if elected president in the February 25, 2023 presidential election in the country.

The former vice president came with his running mate, Okowa, and the Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, as well as other candidates of the party and the PDP bigwigs, including the party chairman, Iyorchia Ayu. The rally was also used to campaign for the party’s senatorial, House of Representatives and state Assembly candidates. While addressing supporters, Atiku promised to unite Nigerians by treating each zone equitably, and providing security for everyone.

He also promised to dredge the River Niger and make Onitsha a functional seaport. According to him, without security, peace and unity, there would not be any development in the country. “My vision and mission as the president is to unite Nigeria, bring peace and provide adequate security for the people of Nigeria. “I am the stepping stone to an Igbo presidency, vote for me and you will not regret doing so, I promise not to disappoint you.

“I will give every section its due right. Thank you for this wonderful reception, I never thought I would get such a reception in Anambra State,” he said.


Source: Punch