By Daud Olatunji
THE newly-inaugurated Ogun State Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Apostle David Otaru has decried the rate at which votes were being bought during elections in Nigeria. The state chairman noted that the phenomenon portends great danger for the Nigerian democracy.
Speaking on the sidelines of the official inauguration and induction of the state officers of the association in Abeokuta , Otaru appealed to Nigerian political leaders to stop buying the ‘conscience’ of Nigerians. While urging politicians to stop bitter rivalry among themselves, he appealed to Nigerians to vote according to their conscience during the 2019 general elections. “Vote buying portends great danger to our national democracy. When people buy votes, they sell their conscience and it isn’t good for our nation. “I want to advise the leadership of this country particularly the political leaders because it is not in all sectors that we have votes-buying, it is this same people that we are appealing to that need votes to stop it. “Vote buying is on both sides, those who offer it and those who receive it are all to blame.
“Nigerians should vote according to their conscience in the coming elections. The politicians also should play politics without bitterness. “The purpose of leadership is to serve and if you lose an election, you can come back again. The institution of the state and the nation remain forever”, he said.
Speaking on his programme, the new Chairman said “My programme for the new administration is tagged TEC – training, evangelism and charity. We want to focus on that so that we will be remembered for it,” he added.
Also speaking at the event, former PFN National Secretary, Archbishop Joseph Ojo urged Nigerian leaders to exercise the principles of justice, transparency and fear of God in serving the people.