Christian Leaders Predict Free, 2011 Polls


Christian leaders in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria have predicted free and fair  elections in next year’s general election.

Speaking at the 14th Thanksgiving/N10 million Fund Raising Convention of the  Overcomers Prayer Assembly, the church leaders said God would intervene in the  affairs of the nation.

General Overseer, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement, Ayo ni o, Prophet Gabriel Fakeye  predicted that the elections would be free and fair and that God would see the  nation through.

He, however, warned that some disgruntled elements would want to cause crisis in the  country between January and February next year but that God would thwart their  efforts and salvage the nation.

On the theft of the Direct Data Capture machines, DDC, Fakeye urged the Independent  National Electoral Commission, INEC to change the configuration of the machines and  adopt a system whereby the machines would be tamper-proof.

Former Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Arch Bishop Adeyemi  Adetilade expressed hope that the elections would be free and fair but wants more  Christians to be involved in politics.

The General Overseer, Overcomers Prayer Assembly, Rev. Sam Ogedengbe was optimistic  that the nation would have a free and fair election in 2011 and that leaders who  would fear God would emerge.

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According to him, the theft of the DCC machines had raised apprehension in several  quarters that the elections would be rigged but stated that the fear of God was the  main thing that would usher in credible elections next year.

He called on security agents in the country to put more efforts to enhance security  in the land, and appealed to politicians trying to force themselves on the people to  desist from such act as God would not allow them to rule the nation.

Former Commissioner for Education and Health, Lagos State, Dr. Leke Pitan said that  with the DDC machines to be used in the voters registration exercise, it would be  difficult for politicians to rig the election.

Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Rural Development, Paul Kalejaiye  urged Christians to continue to pray for the nation ahead of the 2011 elections,  saying that their prayers would usher in peace and smooth polls next year.

“Irrespective of what happened, the 2011 elections will be peaceful and fair.  God  will give us leaders with the fear of God in them,” he said.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga

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