THE All Progressives Congress, APC, has advised Christians in Osun State to disregard the false information being circulated by PDP agents in some churches that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has instructed Christians in the state to vote for a Christian candidate in next month’s governorship election.
In a statement by its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, the APC said that it is not impossible that some officials and members of the churches involved may have received gratification from the opposition PDP to introduce religious sentiment into a purely political matter.
According to the APC, the Osun State branch of CAN leadership has categorically dissociated itself from such sentiment.
The party argued that the religion of a leader has nothing to do with the choice before citizens of Osun on August 9 saying “what is important is the quality of service which either of them has rendered to the people of Osun.”
It said “the vital question before our people is, between Aregbesola and Omisore who would you rely on to make life in Osun State better for the people? Omisore and his party, the PDP had been in the politics of Osun for nearly eight years between 2003 and 2010.
Their most outstanding achievement was the creation of Osun State University which was made beyond the reach of the poor. But for the most part, the duo of the PDP and Omisore practically ruined the State.
“There is no discrimination whatsoever between Christians and Moslems in his administration. When Aregbesola decided to feed 300,000 primary school children- he did not discriminate between Christian and Moslem children. Our balance, when you look at Christian- Christian governorship of PDP administration between 2003 and 2010 in comparison with the Moslem-Christian ticket that he has ruled Osun since 2010, responsible and reasonable Christians know the wide margin of difference between both. The latter outclasses the former”, it stated.
Besides, the party said “Christians don’t need any church, pastor or bishop to tell what is best for them. Christians are among the most rational people in Osun and they know that Omisore, the Christian candidate of the PDP is a notorious fellow. They cannot prefer him to the Moslem Aregbesola of the APC who has so transformed Osun from among the worst governed to one of the best administered states in the country today. His Moslem religion may have influenced his attitude to governance.”
BY DAPO AKINREFON