By Emma Una
CALABAR- PENTECOSTAL Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN would 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 was the reason it was neutral during the recently concluded elections.
Dr. Lawrence Ekwok, Chairman of the Cross River State chapter of the fellowship who stated this on Wednsday while speaking after his inauguration for a second tenure said the body is 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 party basis.
“The last elections fell short of the standard of elections we have seen in this country in most places; 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 was until the cases have been decided”.
He said though some churches took individual positions to adopt certain candidates but could not be disciplined because such actions do not contravene the rules of the fellowship.
‘If any member church decided to adopt any political party or candidate and directed its members to vote for such a party or individual we cannot penalize the church for such decision or action but as a body, the PFN would not do that because we are a mother body”.
He said the state chapter under his leadership would 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.
“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 called for continuous prayers for the country and leaders for God to give them wisdom to lead the people with wisdom and purposefulness.