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Bishop Okonkwo urges Christians to join politics, says voting not enough

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FOLLOWING the release of political timetable for the general election in 2023 and the charged political development in the North and South, the Bishop of the Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Bishop Mike Okonkwo has charged Christians in Nigeria to join any of the existing political parties if they are ready to make sufficient impact in the leadership of the country.

Okonkwo, who said possession of Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) is not enough, noted that possessing of PVC should be followed with identification and registration in political parties to provide a stronghold for political advancement.

The chief shepherd, who disclosed this during a programme organised in continuation of the building leaders for empowerment and national transformation said that Nigeria don’t have room for independent candidate. This means political parties are the ones to put forward candidates for election

“The foundation of getting good people into political leadership positions is by joining the political parties whether by direct or indirect primaries or by consensus”.

Speaking further, Okonkwo said that Christians should join political parties to ensure the presence of Christians in the political structures, stressing that there will be no alternative to political advancement.

“As for me, I don’t want to make any choice from among the two evils. I want to choose from good things. It is when candidates are put forward that the issue of using PVC to vote will come up”.

“I humbly charge you to go to your wards and be part of the process. Be a loud voice; don’t be lost in the crowd. The government can kill you if they choose to or put you in jail. It is like we don’t understand how powerful government is”.

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