Elections: Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Expresses Worry Over Vote-Buying in Ondo

by Bankole Adewale | Revd. John Oladapo, CAN Chairman, said he observed that people were still being given money to vote while monitoring the presidential and National Assembly elections in some parts of the state on Saturday

The Christian Association of Nigeria, Ondo State chapter, has expressed worry over the increasing incidence of vote buying during elections in the country.

The CAN Chairman in the state, Revd. John Oladapo, said he observed that people were still being given money to vote while monitoring the presidential and National Assembly elections in some parts of the state on Saturday.

Oladipo, who spoke with journalists while monitoring the election in Igbotako, the headquarters of Ilaje Local Government area of the state, however, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission for the smooth commencement of the poll, saying the electoral body really prepared for the polls.

He described vote-buying as a threat to the nation’s democracy, urging people to vote for candidates of their choice.

He said, “The election has been going smoothly and I can say INEC has done well. However, the issue of money inducement is happening but not open and it is only those that can observe very well that will discover.

“There is an improvement compared to other elections in the past. People behaved maturely by abiding by INEC guidelines.

“We are disturbed though. I don’t know how far it will influence the outcome of the poll but I can see people are still being induced. Inducement is ungodly. We are disturbed and we are not pleased with it.”

 



Nigeria: Christian Association of Nigeria Secretary, Musa Asake, is Gone to Glory

Former Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria, Late Rev. Musa Asake pass away at 67

The Secretary of Christian Association (CAN) of Nigeria, Rev. Musa Asake died today. He was 67 years old. Jonathan Asake confirmed that Rev Asake passed away Friday morning, May 11, 2018, in Abuja following complains of leg trouble.

The death of Asake came about two weeks after he led a nationwide protest called by CAN against the killing of Christians by suspected Fulani herdsmen. He had been undergoing Physical Therapy in the last few weeks. “He even went to see his Doctor yesterday and came back home and has shown signs of improvement,” says his brother and former member of the House of Representatives, Jonathan Asake. “Yes, he died this morning. We are right now in the mortuary. I was with him yesterday (Thursday) in his house,” he stated.

The deceased, an indigene of Southern Kaduna, has been vocal in the defense of Christianity in Nigeria. He will be greatly missed.