Barely 2 days after the visit to the 2023 Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, which was highly publicised in the Media, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, has disowned the ‘Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria’, which met with Tinubu, on Friday, in Abuja, Page 36 learnt.
It described the move as another desperate attempt by the APC Candidate to prove to Nigerians that his Muslim-Muslim 2023 ticket is supported by the leading Christian groups in the country, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Denouncing the Clerics’ parley, on Sunday, the Deputy National Secretary of the PFN, Bishop David Bakare, said that such group does not exist within the PFN, stressing that: “There is nothing in PFN that is regional based, like Southern or Northern Pentecostal Bishops.
“The PFN was not part of the meeting with the Presidential Candidate that was highly politicised. We are, however, aware of the ripples in the public domain about this matter. I am speaking officially to clarify that PFN has nothing to do with that.
“The PFN is an arm of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and the position of the Fellowship on the same faith Presidential ticket of the APC has not changed. I am speaking to you officially and authoritatively, that the ranks of the Christian community and of course, the PFN, which I represent, is not broken at all.
“The Pentecostal Bishops’ Forum of Northern Nigeria is not known to the PFN. The Forum does not have any affiliation or relationship with the PFN that is registered with the government of this nation. The position of the PFN on same faith ticket still stands as it was in the beginning, and we have not for any reason, shifted our position on that matter.
“I looked at the photos and the names. I could recognise about two who are our members, but they speak for themselves. All Pentecostal Leaders in Nigeria, from the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Living Faith, Mountain of Fire, House on the Rock, among others, speak with one voice.
“Finally, I wish to let you know that there is nothing in PFN that is regionally based, like Southern or Northern Pentecostal Bishops. As a matter of fact, the PFN does not have any settings for Bishops. What we have is PFN, we do not separate Bishops of Pentecostal from other clergies of Pentecostal. PFN is just one body under which all Bishops, Pastors and members are lined up behind Bishop Francis Wale Oke, the President. We stand by our decision, we have not and will not bend to the dictate of any political group.”
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