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CAN election: Buhari accused of plotting Oritsejafor's successor

CAN election: Buhari accused of plotting Oritsejafor's successor

Tension is mounting within the fold of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as alleged plots by President Muham­madu Buhari to install a suc­cessor to replace Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor whose tenure ex­pires in July 2016 thickens.
This appeared to be a re­peat of what transpired dur­ing the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Already, it was gathered that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been in­terested in sponsoring a pro-Buhari clergy from the North in order to guide against any radical opposition to his ad­ministration from the Chris­tian community.
But when contacted, the Special Adviser to the Presi­dent on Media and Commu­nications, Mr Femi Adesina, dismissed the allegation, say­ing Buhari does not interfere in the internal affairs of any organisation.
Adesina said, “It means that some Nigerians don’t know their President; Your Presi­dent, Muhammadu Buhari, does not interfere in things like that; so they need to know the person who is their Presi­dent.
“The people making the al­legation can’t insist that they are correct because that is the man for you and Buhari doesn’t interfere in anything. If he doesn’t interfere in state elections where his own party, APC, is having candidates, how will he interfere in CAN elections? They don’t know their President.”
A group of Christians under the aegis of Christ Redeemers Union (CRU) claimed that the Presidency was interested in CAN elec­tion for some perceived selfish reasons.
The National Director of CRU, Dr Ebenezer Olusola Abednego, who made the al­legation when he spoke with journalists on Sunday in Abu­ja, said that Christians would resist any plan by the Presi­dency to install a candidate in CAN presidency
“Our determination to re­sist Buhari and APC in deter­mining who becomes CAN president is a battle of ‘no retreat’; no surrender’. A top official in the Presidency, who is spear-heading the cam­paign, has started deploying resources for logistics towards ensuring the emergence of a church leader in the Northern part of the country believed to be friendly to Buhari.
According to Olusola, APC government was desperate to ensure its candidate emerges as CAN’s helmsman.
“We have it on good au­thority that any leader being installed by the Presidency in CAN would avoid any viru­lent criticism of the Buhari government and this has in­formed their desperation to install a leadership that will not be critical.
“But we are vehemently opposed to government med­dling into a purely religious affairs and should the Presi­dency succeed in installing an APC/Buhari stooge in CAN, we will pull out of CAN. We are ready for them; we have it on good authority that some Muslim leaders from the North are behind the plot”, he stated.

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