A group of Christian clerics from the 19 Northern states have declared their support for All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The clerics affirmed Tinubu will reset Nigeria for progress and unity.
The Clerics who are mostly youths said this in Kaduna while delivering a letter to vice-presidential candidate of the party, Senator Kashim Shettima on their expectations from Tinubu’s government.
The northern Christian clerics stated emphatically that the Church is not against the APC.
“As ministers of the gospel, we are fathers, we belong to everybody. If APC comes to us, we pray with them, if any other party comes to us, we pray with them. We will present a letter to Shettima and assure him that we will stand behind him, we will support him and if God gives him victory, he should remember that.
“We are not doing this as politicians, we are doing this as a Church. We are not saying everybody must vote APC, but I am assuring you that some of us will vote APC, including my humble self.
“For those of you coming here for the first time, we have ministers group that is involved in politics. We are insisting pastors should be involved in politics. If you feel you are interested, you can join our group, we don’t only do politics, we encourage and help ourselves, especially those that are just starting.” Bishop Monday Yaknat, one of the leaders of the group said.
On the turnout of the clerics, the Director-general of the 19 Northern states movement for Shettima, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu disclosed that initially the group was aiming to deliver 16 million votes for APC in the presidential elections but with the massive support from the Christian clerics, he assured nothing less than 20 million votes.
He said, “I am excited about the love Christians have for Tinubu/Shettima. We promised that we were going to deliver 16m votes across 19 Northern states, with support of Christians from 19 Northern states, because of key role, we are now going to give Tinubu 20m votes across 19 Northern States.”