CAN says it did not receive N2bn to mobilise votes for Peter Obi

THE Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has denied allegation that it received N2 billion to mobilise votes for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi.

CAN described the allegation “as illogical and a failed attempt to drag the apex Christian body into the politics of 2023”.


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The body was reacting to a letter circulating on the social media, purportedly signed by a pastor, Frank Onwumere, alleging that Obi gave a sum of N2 billion to Nigerian churches under the umbrella of CAN.

In a statement signed by its President, Daniel Okoh on Sunday, January 12, CAN urged members of the public to disregard “the purported letter of petition as its content are not only untrue, but malicious”.

    Okoh said; “To set the records straight, I am not aware of any N2bn given to Churches in Nigeria to mobilise votes for any 2023 presidential candidate and never received the said petition dated December 22, 2022.

    “Nigerians should note that CAN, as a faith-based entity, maintains its non-partisan stance and will not endorse or mobilise support for any candidate in the upcoming elections as against the social media post being circulated by some elements bent on soiling its name and image.”

    He warned those who are involved in the allegation to “desist from such acts because they are capable of defaming innocent people and revered religious institutions as well as breaching public peace”

    Earlier, The ICIR reported how CAN urged candidates in the 2023 general elections to accept results in “good faith” for the best interest of Nigerians and the unity of the country.

    Sinafi Omanga is a journalist with The ICIR. His Twitter handle is @OmangaSinafi and Email: [email protected]

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