SAPELE/Nigeria: The Catholic Church has decided to play an active role in the selection of leadership selection in the country, in order to produce credible and reliable candidates for the country.
This was made known by the Chairman of politics Commission, Catholic Diocese of Warri, Very Rev. Fr. Chris Ekabo, who in a ceremony called on a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, Chief Felix Anirah to run for the Delta State House of Assembly, Sapele state constituency.
Father Ekabo who made the call in Sapele, noted that the Church have decided to play active role in electing leaders at different levels, promising that if Chief Anirah agrees to run, the church will mobilise resource to buy his nomination form for him.
He added that Christians should take charge and elect leaders who will be responsive and be responsible to the people, stressing that Chief Anirah stand out amongst the political class because he is accessible to the people.
According to Rev. Ekabo in a response to our enquiry on the church endorsement of Chief Anirah, he said: “I am the Chairman of Warri Diocesan Politics Commission and it is my responsibility to charge Catholic Christians to vote and be voted.
“It is a civic responsibility that does not go against our Catholic ethics and ethos. The Catholics from Sapele extraction are too aloof from electives politics. This is why I forcefully asked him to get involve and run for 2019 Delta state House of Assembly.
“In summary I did, am presently out of the country away in Germany and London.
Anirah who many political analysts believed won the 2015 House of Assembly election in Sapele, but was rigged out, enjoys large grassroots followership, due to his philanthropic gesture.