The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has denounced a letter reportedly endorsing the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, for president in the 2019 general elections. The body said the letter which was written and signed by its General Secretary, Mr. Musa Asake, was done in his personal capacity, and does not reflect CAN’s official position.
“There was no time CAN or the president of CAN authorised such a letter. It was the personal opinion of the general secretary,” CAN said.
Gov. Fayose’s media team had leaked details of the letter in which Asake said, “Your Excellency sir, because you are known to doing great in your leadership and that you will move this country forward, the enemies of progress are not happy with your declaration and are not sleeping well. The devil will use many, even those who might be closer to you to try to create lies, false accusation, spread rumours, just to distract people from seeing the good leadership qualities that are in you.”
However, according to CAN, Asake clearly stated in the letter that he was writing in his personal capacity.
Other details from CAN’s clarification:
- “Since the letter was leaked to the media, for whatever reasons, some prominent Christian stakeholders have been making calls to CAN President, Mr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, asking for clarifications since there was never a time the matter was discussed by the leadership of the association, hence the need for this statement.”
- “Our prayer to God is to always get a godly, a detribalised and peace loving leader presiding over the affairs of the country.”
Gov. Ayo Fayose declared for president in late September 2017. His announcement goes against the zoning formula adopted by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party which has zoned its 2019 presidential ticket to the North, while its party chairmanship position has been zoned to he South.