2023: CAN allegedly receives N2bn from Peter Obi to mobilise votes for him (Photos)

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has allegedly received N2 billion to mobilise votes for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi.

This was contained in a petition dated December 15, 2022, and signed by Pastor Frank Onwumere of the Dominion Centre International.

The pastor alleged CAN of misappropriation of N2 Billion disbursed by Mr. Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party to various Christian organizations in the country.

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He explained in the petition that although CAN disbursed the said funds, only mega-churches, affluent Pentecostal churches, televangelists, and renowned popular names of Christendom received it.

Rev. Frank Onwumere also said that some churches are asking for a visiting fee of about N50 million and above so as to ask their congregation to vote for Mr. Peter Obi during the presidential elections.

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While asking for transparency, equity, and justice on the above subject matter, he asked CAN leadership to stick to the original plan meant for the funds and that all churches of different denominations under the various organs should as a matter of fact receive their dues and funding.

“If not, we will be forced to write a petition to all the anti-graft agencies and the Ministry of Interior for justice to be done. As this is not the first time such an incident has occurred,” he said.

However, 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”.

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.

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“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”

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