The Lagos State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has denied reports that it has adopted Dr Leke Pitan as its candidate for the 2015 governorship election in the state.
A statement by the association’s media consultant, Rev. Oladapo Daramola, said that the exercise that took place at the Dr Akinola Maja Memorial Gospel Baptist Church was was only a forum to interact with those who had shown interest in the exalted office, hence the letter of invitation extended to them to formally invite them to the event. The cleric added that the programme was put together to create a platform for the aspirants to communicate their vision to Christians in the state.
“As stakeholders in the socio-political space, Christians deserve to know their leaders before they are chosen and it was in this spirit that they were all invited. It would be unfair to conclude that the gathering was to endorse anyone of them as our candidate. It is possible that such conclusions were arrived at because of the outcry within the Christian community in the state that we want a Christian governor come 2015.
“However, it is untrue that any of the aspirants was endorsed at the forum. If the intention was to endorse any aspirant, all of them would not have been formally invited in the first place.
“Our vice-chairman, Very Rev. Stephen Tunde Adegbite, was very clear about this at the event, so I wonder where the reports emerged that Lagos CAN has endorsed any aspirant. We have never exhibited any partisanship in the past. Rather, we have firmly stood behind the programmes and policies of the past governments in the state, especially in the last 15 years that we have had governors of the Muslim faith.
“On the issue of a Christian governorfor the state in 2015, Daramola said the agitations were based on perceived injustice and marginalisation. Today, statistics show that 40 out of the current 57 local government and local council development areas in the State were occupied byMuslims before their recent dissolution,” he said.