13th December, 2010
Christian leaders in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria have predicted free and fairÂ elections in next yearâ€™s general election.
Speaking at the 14th Thanksgiving/N10 million Fund Raising Convention of theÂ Overcomers Prayer Assembly, the church leaders said God would intervene in theÂ affairs of the nation.
General Overseer, Cherubim and Seraphim Movement, Ayo ni o, Prophet Gabriel FakeyeÂ predicted that the elections would be free and fair and that God would see theÂ nation through.
He, however, warned that some disgruntled elements would want to cause crisis in theÂ country between January and February next year but that God would thwart theirÂ efforts and salvage the nation.
On the theft of the Direct Data Capture machines, DDC, Fakeye urged the IndependentÂ National Electoral Commission, INEC to change the configuration of the machines andÂ adopt a system whereby the machines would be tamper-proof.
Former Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Arch Bishop AdeyemiÂ Adetilade expressed hope that the elections would be free and fair but wants moreÂ Christians to be involved in politics.
The General Overseer, Overcomers Prayer Assembly, Rev. Sam Ogedengbe was optimisticÂ that the nation would have a free and fair election in 2011 and that leaders whoÂ would fear God would emerge.
According to him, the theft of the DCC machines had raised apprehension in severalÂ quarters that the elections would be rigged but stated that the fear of God was theÂ main thing that would usher in credible elections next year.
He called on security agents in the country to put more efforts to enhance securityÂ in the land, and appealed to politicians trying to force themselves on the people toÂ 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 thatÂ with the DDC machines to be used in the voters registration exercise, it would beÂ difficult for politicians to rig the election.
Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Rural Development, Paul KalejaiyeÂ urged Christians to continue to pray for the nation ahead of the 2011 elections,Â saying that their prayers would usher in peace and smooth polls next year.
â€œIrrespective of what happened, the 2011 elections will be peaceful and fair.Â GodÂ will give us leaders with the fear of God in them,â€ he said.