Power to Change Leaders in 2023 in PVCs , COCIN Church leader reminds Nigerians
…Says most churches are lost, members displaced
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
President, Church Of Christ In Nations (COCIN), Rev Dr Amos Musa Mohzo has called on Nigerians to ensure that those who are yet to obtain their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) do so within the time frame, saying the power to effect the desired positive change in 2023 is through the use of the voters cards.
Rev. Mohzo also said, 2023 is yet another year of decision making that will either make or mar Nigeria as a country or nation, adding that Nigerians are certainly passing through a very difficult time and everybody with voting power must ensure that we vote credible leaders that will bring about good governance in the next political dispensation.
He stated this while speaking with Journalists during the just concluded Zaria Provincial Church Council (PCC) Ministers Conference for pastors and their wives, specifically created to provide spiritual, physical and mental enrichment for them in the discharge of their duties.
He added that, “The PCC which comprises of Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Sokoto are all here for the summit and it is just to encourage ourselves to do more in our ministries as we continue to work for God”.
On the 2023 general elections, he said, “We are advising our people to go out and get their PVCs and get ready to exercise their own right, and again if there is a fight against our faith we need to be prayerful and allow ourselves to be directed by God in what we are going to do, we are believers and we have a focus.
“We’ll not just go out and vote for anybody but we will vote according to the leadership of the Holy Spirit and vote according to our faith based on what God is revealing to us, all of us are Nigerians, but as believers in Christ Jesus led by the Holy Spirit, we will vote according to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
“As Nigerians, we have another opportunity to ensure that we effect positive change through our PVCs. It must not be business as usual, we must all commit to vote and vote wisely”.
On how the church is fairing, he said, the church has been doing well in preaching the gospel but stressed that insecurity has been a major challenge particularly in the North East where most of the churches and members have been displaced.
“In other parts of the country like in Plateau we have lost so many of our local churches those in the out sketch of the boundaries because of the activities of the Terrorists, but we are still there because is the work of God and together with the help of our brothers worldwide we are still fairing, we still have Christians in Borno, in Gwoza where they have been displaced they are going back, we have Christians in Adamawa that is how we are fairing.
“As Christians, let us stand firm, we must never relent whatever that is happening, this is our nation, we don’t have two Nigeria, it is only one Nigeria, so because people have decided and wake up one day and say they don’t need us, that is what we are feeling, the killings, destruction of property, we are feeling that there are group of people who are after eliminating the Christian faith, so much more that we cannot move, our churches, our priests are at risk, we are part and parcel of this country and there is no one that can chase us out, God is there to fight us” he stressed.
“As Church Of God In Nation (COCIN) has been existing in the northern part of Nigeria for 118 years, it was founded in 1904 and was in plateau state, from there Church of Christ in Nation started to expand to Bauchi, Borno, Adamawa Yobe, Taraba, and now we are in almost every state of the nation including FCT, we are also international, we are in United Kingdom, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, Niger Republic and Benin Republic, we are all over the world doing the work of God and that is the name, the Church Of Christ In Nation, which we refer to COCIN as acronym” he said.
ANTI PARTY ACTIVITIES: Esan Central APC, Suspends Nine Leaders, Appoints Bello
Nine Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central LGA have been suspended at an extraordinary meeting held this evening at Irrua, the LGA capital.
The suspended leaders include APC State Vice Chairman, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, Esan Central foremost Party Leader, Prince Willy Shaka Momodu, Ward Leader, Hon Abudu Ugbesia, among six others.
The suspended nine APC leaders are alleged to have held a clandestine meeting at a hotel in Eidenu, Irrua on the eve of the House of Assembly election and resolved to work against their party candidate for the House of Assembly election, Hon Victor Edoror. It is alleged that they were induced by the ruling party and their grand conspiracy to disallow Hon Edoror to get into the House and become the Speaker which might scuttle their agenda for Esan governor candidate from Esan Central LGA.
The meeting which was attended enmass by angry members and party executives of the party across the LGA appointed former LGA Councillior, and House of Assembly election aspirant, Hon. Bello Oyaziwolo, as the acting Leader, to oversee the affairs of the party pending the determination of the investigation into the degree of involvement of each of the suspended leader.
Interestingly, the Deputy Leader of the Party in Esan Central LGA and former Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon Francis Ubene, was exempted from suspension because preliminary investigation revealed that he was in the meeting allegedly called by Chief Inegbeniki, but he refused to agree with their alleged plan to sabotage the election for Hon Edoror because according to him “I have forgiven him and if I have forgiven him, I cannot work against him or the party”.
Speaking with Hon Bello, after the appointment, the new LGA Leader said he was not interested in Leading the party for selfish reasons but would commit himself to helping the party rid itself of betrayals and inept leaders in the LGA and hopefully allow a free process to produce the next LGA Leader.
Delta: Oborevwori’s Victory, A Turning Point, Says Ebireri
Media Consultant, Henry Ebireri, has urged Delta State governor-elect, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to embark only on programmes that are genuine, attainable, purposeful, durable and people-oriented.
He also urged him to make a significant impact at improving the lot of the masses.
In a statement in Sapele, the media consultant described the March 18 governorship election in Delta State as ‘’’a turning point, a landmark in the history of the oil rich state’’.
He appealed to Oborevwori to steer Delta State in the needed direction.
‘’There is a very high expectation from the governor-elect by the people. He must direct his energy towards inculcating the spirit of self-reliance among the citizenry through economic and empowerment programmes’’
The media professional listed security, youth and women empowerment, agriculture, health, education, infrastructural development, industrial revolution, cultural and tourism rebirth, communication and sports development as key areas to be addressed by the governor-elect.
The statement underscored the future of Delta youths infrastructure and security challenges.
He urged Oborevwori to be fair to all.
He also urged him to recruit only qualified, competent and meritorious hands to help him develop the oil-rich state.
‘’They should be people of integrity, honesty and trust. The team should comprise only tested, dedicated, loyal, courageous, selfless, focused and visionary men and women’’
Ebireri further commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to the political development of Delta State.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Rejects INEC’s Declaration of Oborevwori As Winner of Delta Poll
A while ago, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State announced Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect following the March 18 governorship election.
The declaration was made despite the myriad of infractions and acts of impunity on the part of the PDP in the course of the election. These were brought to the attention of INEC with incontrovertible proof.
The March 18 election was characterized by massive fraud, unprecedented vote buying and voter suppression perpetrated by the PDP in the course of the election.
The fraudulent nature of PDP’s so-called victory are just too damning and daring for it to be acceptable in any decent society. Most of those infractions are on the public domain and known to INEC officials and the security agencies involved in superintending the election.
In the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the results pointed to an unequivocal rejection of the PDP. Of the three senatorial zones in the state, APC won two while PDP controversially edged out the Labour Party in the Delta North Senate race.
It was an unadulterated verdict of Deltans on how they have fared under 24 years of governance of their state by PDP.
On the basis of the factors listed and more that will come later, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State as well as the leadership of the party, unequivocally reject the declaration by INEC of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP as winner of the March 18 governorship election.
We will challenge this fraudulent result using all legal means.
As a democrat and Deputy President of the Senate, Omo-Agege will explore all lawful avenues to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Delta State.
To the numerous supporters of APC and the entire public that share in Omo-Agege’s vision of building a new Delta State, we urge you all to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.
I can assure all our teeming supporters and all Deltans that the PDP pyrrhic celebration of a stolen mandate will be short-lived.
By the grace of God and the clearly expressed wish of the people, this electoral heist will be reversed and Senator Omo-Agege will be sworn in on May 29, 2023 as the lawfully elected Governor of Delta State.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy President of the Senate and Governorship Candidate of APC, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
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