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Ondo Anglicans urge defecting politicians to emulate Buhari




ANGLICANS in the Diocese on The Coast, Ondo State, have berated the mass defection of politicians to the winning party, describing them as selfish, jobless and ideologically bankrupt.

They appealed to the Ondo State Government and all the local councils in Ondo South District to take urgent steps towards restoration of electricity supply to the area, as the outage that has lasted for about one year has brought untold hardship to the people and devastating effects on the economies of the affected local councils.

At the third session of its Seventh Synod held at St. Barnaba’s Anglican Church, Ode-Erinje in Okitipupa Local Council, the Synod decried lack of enduring ideology in Nigerian politics, noting that the situation, if not well handled, could negatively affect the growth of democracy in the country.

The Bishop, Rt. Revd. Ebunoluwa Ogunele, in his charge, urged the defecting politicians to emulate the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, who, after losing elections several times, refused to join the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but stood solidly behind his party which he eventually led to victory in the just-concluded polls. According to Ogunele, Buhari, by not defecting to the ruling party, has shown that he is out to sincerely serve Nigerians, not to line his pockets.

“The result of the 2015 general elections has confirmed the type of politicians we have in Nigeria. In 2014, our Primate, The Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, told Nigerians that there were two political parties in Nigeria, and we have seen it in action now. Most, if not all our politicians, use the name of political parties to deceive Nigerians. If not, why all these defections into the winning party? All they are saying is that they have no ideology to develop and maintain, it is all stomach infrastructure.

The late Chief Obafemi Awolowo did not compromise his principles, thank God he is still referred to today as a father of democracy in the way people use his name to win election. What many Nigerian politicians are saying is that their self-interest is first. May be they are jobless and want to be in the winning team always. That is not life,” the Bishop said.

The Synod congratulated Nigeria and Nigerians for the successful holding of the 2015 elections, such that all the predictions and calculations of the devil did not come to pass in the country.

“We commended President Goodluck Jonathan for allowing Nigeria’s interest to take precedence over his personal interest, by accepting defeat at the polls thus preventing unjust shedding of innocent blood as was experienced in 2011. We congratulate the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, and urged Nigerians to support him. We prayed to God to guide and control him in governing the country.”

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