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Akinola urges Nigerians to elect competent candidates


Taiwo Akinola

Presiding Bishop of Rhema Christian Church and Tower (RCC&T), Taiwo Akinola, has called on Nigerians to vote for candidates of their choice, saying the time for indifference is past.

Speaking to journalists at the grand finale of the church’s yearly Bethel prayer and fasting programme at Champion Peace Cathedral, Rhema Christian Church, Sango-Ota, the cleric asserted that Nigerians’ involvement in the electoral process should take them to the point of voting physically on the election days.

He said: “We should not allow ourselves to be intimidated or manipulated by forces that are evil, wicked or greedy, as they are notorious in party politics in Nigeria today. Rather, based on clear and right consciences, you should vote for men/women of godly character, competence, with track records of justice, fairness, trust, sensitivity to the plight of the citizens, accountability and an innate propensity for keeping promises.”


Cautioning against the sale of votes, Bishop Akinola said those who sell their votes are not only mortgaging their consciences, but also selling their future and that of their children.

According to him, such citizens are also selling their moral rights to demand accountability from the political class whenever they derail and disappoint the electorate.

He appealed to the electorate to desist from anything that would derail the election, while cautioning the youths to stay away from trouble.

He said: “Nigerians, wake up, wise up and do not be deceived or deluded by any politician. Please, make your decisions based on clear and right consciences, not on consciences coloured with personal interests or pecuniary gains.”

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