The Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Kukah, says politicians should stop seeking endorsements of religious leaders during elections but rather engage the people they intend to serve and sell their objectives to them to make the decision.
He also stated that people of Edo State conducted themselves very well in September 19, 2020, governorship election, adding that they left a legacy of electoral efficiency for the country.
Bishop Kukah urged people of Ondo State to take a cue from the Edo situation and seek to do better in the forthcoming October 10, 2020 election by ensuring their votes counted in a violent-free process.
The cleric spoke on Tuesday morning while featuring on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily.
Bishop Kukah, who is also a member of the National Peace Committee, also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission, security agencies, and civil society groups for their roles in the Edo State governorship election.
He said, “Our commendation also goes to the people of Edo State. I have received quite a lot of messages from old friends that I haven’t spoken to in a long time, commending the work of the National Peace Committee but really this is not an honour that one individual should take.
“It is the people of Edo State, the way they conducted themselves and I think in every sense of the word, they left us a legacy of efficiency.
“It is incumbent on the people of Ondo to now ask themselves, why can we not do better than the people in Edo State.
Speaking on the decline in the percentage of votes witnessed in Edo State in the last couple of years, Bishop Kukah said, “Rather than politicians running around Pastors and Imams seeking endorsements, they should be out there engaging the people and encouraging people to go out and vote.
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