The All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly candidate in Obokun State Constituency, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye has cautioned religious leaders against financial inducement by those he described as rejected politicians.
He said because of the desperation to either retain power at the center or occupy political position at the state level, those politicians have been moving around to induce religious leaders with money, with a view to dragging their names in the mud.
Oyintiloye spoke at the 40th Annual Synod of the Methodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Ilesa, Otan-Ile Circuit in Obokun Local Government.
The APC candidate who cited the alleged bribery of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) leadership with N7 billion by President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the issue has subjected the body to international embarrassment that would be difficult to redeem.
Oyintiloye specifically urged Christian leaders to rise above earthly encumbrances and pursue their divine mandate in the spirit of calvary, urging them to avoid the pollution in the world, which, he described as gain of Balam and pathway of Gehazi.
Describing Christians as the light and salts of the world, he pointed out that those who defiles the holy are also not seen as innocent before the Lord, as there are consequences and divine retribution for any act of omission or commission.
“Several names of christian leaders have been dragged in the mud and we should find ways of correcting this anomalies rather than dragging more names in the mud.
“By turning the altar to campaign ground after inducement by the PDP, some church leaders are now battling with credibility crisis”, he said.
Calling on religious leader not to succumb to religious sentiment being wiped up by some politicians, he said such sentiment could affect their choices of electing credible leaders that would better the lots of the country.
Oyintiloye however commended God’s General who stick to divine mandate and refused to sell their God-given spiritual mandate for a pot of porridge.
Earlier in his address, the ArchBishop of Ilesa Diocese, Most Reverend Charles Oderinde appealed to President Jonathan to be sincere with the sanctity of May 29 as the terminal date of his term in office.
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as an independent body should be allowed to make its own decision without interference from government, with a view to ensuring free, fair, credible and non-violent elections.
On the abducted Chibok students, the clergyman appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action and be sincere with the efforts to ensure their return alive.