Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Nsukka - Bishop Godfrey Onah on Sunday in Nsukka urged Catholic faithful to use their Permanent Voter Cards (PCVs) to vote for candidates of their choice.
Onah, who is the Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, told the faith that "it is sin to sell ones PVC for money".
He stressed the need for the faithful to vote wisely and without inducement during the general elections.
"It is a sin against God and crime against humanity if you sell your card which is your power to exercise your civic responsibility of electing leaders for your country.
"I know as the presidential election will be on Saturday, some overzealous politicians may want to buy your PVCs with money to enable them commit electoral fraud, say no to them," he said.
He advised youths to resist any attempt by politicians to use them to cause violence during the elections.
"Politics is not a do or die affair, a politician who wants to win election by ‘hook or crook’ is not a child of God and cannot be a good leader.
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"Parents should monitor activities of their children and wards during elections, so that their children will not become easy tools in the hands of overzealous and blood thirsty politicians," he said.
Onah said it would be impossible for the Church to endorse a particular candidate since members of the Church belong to different political parties.
"Any politician who thinks the Church will endorse him is deceiving himself as well as wasting his time because members of the church belong to different political parties.
"The Catholic Church says no to any form of political campaign in the church as the duty of the Church is to pray to God for a good leader.
"Nigerians irrespective of their religious affiliations should join the Church in praying fervently so that God will give us leaders that will rule with the fear of God."