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Edo APC Hails State CAN BOSS For Rejecting Jonathan’s Bribe

CAN President, Bishop Ayo Oritsejafor

BY CHUKS EHIRIM – The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has commended the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Edo State Branch, Bishop Peter O.J Imasuen, for rejecting the four million Naira given to him from the seven billion Naira bribe President Goodluck Jonathan dished out to Christian leaders in the Country, to buy their support in this month’s rescheduled Presidential election.

In a press statement issued by the Edo State Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Godwin Erhahon and made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, APC said it “can now reveal authoritatively that Bishop Imasuen was one of the few State Chairmen of CAN who were Godly and patriotic enough to reject the bribe which was given to Christian leaders to campaign for President Jonathan and condemn APC Presidential Candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari”.

He added that “CAN inside sources confirmed to APC at the weekend in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, that over four hundred pastors in Edo State, majority of whom are of the Pentecostal churches, shared from the bribe with some of them getting between five hundred thousand and fifty thousand naira each”.

Erhahon posited further, that “a few others from the so- called super churches received as much as two million naira each because they claimed that their churches have more members.

“The sources further revealed that the leader of the CAN national body alone took three billion naira and left the balance four billion for three of his colleagues in the unholy deal to administer as they wished but with the instruction that pastors of Catholic churches be left out.

“Some of the Bishops who were said to be dissatisfied with the greedy manner of their boss were said to have wondered aloud whether their “oga” was aiming at buying another aircraft. One of the aggrieved female Christian leaders who pleaded for her name not to be mentioned told APC that Christian Association of Nigeria has been turned to Mammon Association of Nigeria with priests receiving bribes to preach falsehood and hatred at the pulpit, thus misleading their congregation against God and man.

“She advised all churches whose pastors preached openly against Mohammadu Buhari to demand their share of the bribe from their pastors as they were paid handsomely to vilify General Buhari. Quoting from 1 Cor 6:9, she reminded those who received the bribe to preach hate sermon against General Buhari that both the greedy and the slanderers will not inherit the kingdom of God and therefore advised their congregation to disown those pastors who worship mammon in the house of God.

“Another reliable source further revealed that seeing how the popularity of President Jonathan has dimmed further after the shift of the election date from February 14 till March 28, the ring leader of the corrupt pastors is already finding ways to make peace with General Buhari ahead of the election. APC commends Bishop Imasuen for upholding the teaching of Christ and boosting the integrity of the Edo man”, Erhahon concluded.


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