Lagos state Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has denied reports that it has adopted Dr. Leke Pitan as its candidate for the 2015 governorship election in the state.
A statement by CAN’s media consultant, Rev. Oladapo Daramola, explained that “the exercise that took place at the Dr. Akinola Maja Memorial Gospel Baptist Church was simply a forum to interact with all those who have shown interest in the exalted office hence the letter of invitation written to them to formally invite them to the event.”
The cleric said “the programme was put together by the foremost Christian body to create a platform for the aspirants to outline their vision and mission to Christians in the state.
“As stakeholders in the socio-political space, Christians deserve to know their leaders before they are chosen and it was in this spirit that they were all invited. It would be unfair for anybody to conclude that the purpose of the gathering was to endorse or adopt anyone of them as our candidate,” the statement added.
Continuing, the media consultant maintained that “It is possible that such conclusions were arrived at because of the public outcry within the Christian community in the state that we want a Christian governor come 2015. However, it is untrue that any of the aspirants was endorsed at the forum.”
According to Daramola, if the motivation was to endorse any aspirant, all of them would not have been formally invited in the first place.