Bishop Oyedepo On 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election: Christians ‘ll Not Vote For Nonsense This Time Around
August 20, 2014 – Bishop Oyedepo On 2015 Nigerian Presidential Election: Christians In Nigeria ‘ll Not Vote For Nonsense This Time Around
The Presiding Bishop Of The Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo has called on church leaders to ensure massive mobilisation of Christians across the country for the 2015 elections, assuring that with such mobilisation, it will be easy to install credible people in public offices.
Oyedepo, who clocks 60 on September 27, made this known to a delegation of the Lagos chapter of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, led by its chairman, Bishop Sola Ore, who paid a courtesy call on him yesterday at his Ota, Ogun State office.
He told the church leaders that voter registration was an important starting point if Nigerians would install credible leaders.
Oyedepo said, “The PFN constituency is a very large constituency and the mobilisation of this large number of worshippers calls for wisdom. There is need for wisdom to harness the large population of the church. The starting point is to ensure that our members register to vote. The church is a strong body in Lagos and across the country. Lagos, for instance, has many mega churches. We need to harness our human resources to create a platform for the church to have a voice.”
“There are groups that are building imaginary names, but we have the population and we can build real names. The Lagos city must have a feel of our impact.”
We are not going to vote for nonsense this time around. There is no political party in this world that will see the population of the church and ignore it.”
The revered cleric urged Christians to push for people who have credibility in the next political dispensation.
“We believe the Christian culture promotes values that make for good government. I always advocate that a leader must have character, capability and courage to be able to make impact. Christians should look for such trait before voting anybody into power.”
While acknowledging that there are powers that contend with political office holders, Oyedepo said, “We need prayers and Christians must be ready to pray while not ignoring the ability and the power of choice they have.”
He regretted that Nigeria is going through hard times noting, “We are in trouble because there are too many people in positions of authority who don’t have capacity to confront the issues facing us as a country.”
The church leader observed that many good and competent people fail to put themselves forward for elections because of fear that the political terrain is both rough and diabolical.
He however said, “I think we have passed that stage. Now, democracy has come to stay in Nigeria. It’s time for the good people to come out and participate in the political process.”
He pledged his support for the new PFN administration in Lagos State; while also urging them to make a mark during their tenure.
Responding to Oyedepo’s speech, Bishop Ore expressed great appreciation for the opportunity to meet with him.
He said, “We appreciate your leadership role in the Body of Christ and we crave your indulgence to continue to strengthen our hands with your prayers and support for this new administration.”