The General Secretary, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Dr Cosmos Ilechukwu, has said same-faith ticket, either Christian-Christian or Muslim-Muslim, will not augur well for the unity and future of Nigeria.
Ilechukwu made the position of the group known at a press conference on the state of the nation, held at the PFN National Secretariat in Lagos on Thursday.
He said the decision of some political parties to go by the same faith ticket would only further jeopardise the future of the nation, hence a framework had been prepared by the Christian Association of Nigeria as a guide for all Christians on how to vote for the best candidate.
Our correspondent sighted the guide embedded in a flier which captures four key areas highlighted for Christian voters to consider before voting.
The areas are character, competence, capacity and policies of the candidate or party.
The statement read, “The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria reaffirms its position that the same-faith ticket can, in no way, be justified, as it is not in the interest of Nigeria, as it further jeopardises the prospects of peaceful coexistence and building of a united nation.
“PFN has never been in the business of endorsing candidates and will not be doing so in the 2023 elections. However, it will continue to mobilise the church to ensure full participation in the political process by all Christians.”
Meanwhile, the group encouraged all members to vote in line with what is best for Nigeria and the church at all levels, describing the framework prepared by the Christian Association of Nigeria as a guide.
“The fellowship will continue to be open-minded and broad-minded, leaving the door of engagement with all political parties open, so that all the issues that are holding back the development and unity of Nigeria can be comprehensively addressed,” it added.