By Emma Una
PENTECOSTAL Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, will continue to speak out against acts of injustice, ethnic conflicts and societal ills but will not adopt a political party as its chosen platform for members to contest or vote for during elections which were the reason it remained neutral during the just concluded elections.
Dr Lawrence Ekwok, Chairman of the Cross River State chapter of PFN, who stated this, yesterday, after his inauguration for a second tenure said PFN was an umbrella that accommodates diverse Christian churches whose members spread across all the political parties, therefore, it can only advise members to vote for those with the fear of God and proven integrity and not on a party basis.
“The last elections fell short of the standard of elections we have seen in this country in recent times. It may not be in all places but in most places and since the election matters are now in the tribunals, I cannot speak much on what I think the elections were until the cases have been decided,” he said.
“If any member church decides to adopt any political party or candidate and directed its members to vote for such a party or individual, we cannot penalise the church for such decision or action but as a body, the PFN will not do that because we are a mother body.
“We as an executive I can assure you would not do anything that will bring the PFN into disrepute or impinge on its integrity because we are accountable to both God and members.”
He said the state chapter under his leadership will erect a befitting structure to serve as a state secretariat where its meetings will hold and also offices and rooms to provide accommodation to visiting clergy to put pay to a situation where meetings are rotated among member churches.
He called for continuous prayers for the country and leaders for God to give them the wisdom to lead the people with wisdom and purposefulness.