The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has dissociated itself from the meeting between the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and some Northern Bishops.
Recall that the APC presidential candidate had met with the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria in Abuja last week Thursday.
Speaking at the meeting, Tinubu said his decision to pick former Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, as his running mate was not a threat to the Christian community.
But in a television interview on Friday, the Deputy National Secretary of the PFN, Bishop David Bakare said the group that met with Tinubu is not known to the leadership of the fellowship.
He stated that the PFN was not in anyway involved in the meeting between Tinubu and the Northern Bishops, stressing that such a group does not exist within its fold.
Bakare stated that fellowship was still against the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket fielded by the ruling party for the 2023 general elections.
He said: “The PFN is an arm of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and the position of the fellowship on the same faith presidential ticket of the APC has not changed. The meeting between Tinubu and the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria has nothing to do with the PFN.”
“I am speaking to you officially and authoritatively that the ranks of the Christian community and of course, the PFN which I represent are not broken at all.
“The Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria is not known to the PFN. The forum does not have any affiliation or relationship with the PFN that is registered with the government of this nation”, he said.
”The position of the PFN on same faith ticket still stands as it was in the beginning and we have not, for any reason, shifted our position on that matter…The PFN was not a part of the meeting with the presidential candidate that was highly politicised.
“We are however aware of the ripples in the public domain about this matter. I am speaking officially to clarify that the PFN has nothing to do with that organisation.”
“We didn’t take such a decision, we have not met that political party and whatever we will do would be in the public domain. That group is on their own and has nothing to do with the real incorporated PFN.
“I looked at the photos and the names. I could recognise about two people who are our members, but they speak for themselves.
“All Pentecostal leaders in Nigeria, from the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Living Faith, Mountain of Fire House on the Rock, among others speak with one voice.”
Bakare stated that the PFN is not regionally based like Southern or Northern Pentecostal Bishops, saying that the Bishops that met with Tinbu are imposters.
He added: “Finally, I wish to let you know that there is nothing in PFN that is regionally based like Southern or Northern Pentecostal Bishops.
“As a matter of fact, the PFN does not have any settings for Bishops. What we have is PFN, we do not separate Bishops of Pentecostal from other clergies of Pentecostal. “
“PFN is just one body under which all Bishops, Pastors and members are lined up behind Bishop Francis Wale, the President.
“We stand by our decision, we have not and will not bend to the dictate of any political group.”
“It doesn’t matter what politicians will want to do, the truth and the joy is that the PFN is not divided on its position. Individuals can form an association but when it comes to the body called PFN, there is no change in our position and we have not authorised anybody to hold a meeting on our behalf.”