The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is acting as an extension of the Peoples Democratic party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has alleged.
This allegation came on Wednesday in a statement signed by the party where it warned CAN to steer away from interfering in the country’s politics.
According to the APC, it is “unimpressed by the patent hostility of CAN to the APC which had become open since the presidency of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.
“CAN has been so pro-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it has been acting like an unofficial extension of that party in Osun State.
“CAN cannot afford to be partisan in such a multi religious society as Nigeria. It is supposed to be a unifying factor not a divisive one.
“But unfortunately, since the Ayo Orisejafor presidency of CAN, that organization has become unashamedly and openly supportive of the PDP.
“In our opinion, CAN is not a court of law to demand the cancellation of Ekiti and Osun States elections which it did not even observed.
“The lawyers are already in the tribunal and the decision to uphold or cancel the elections belongs to the judges at the tribunal.
“It is therefore presumptuous and unbecoming of a body like CAN to intervene in politics and legal matters, not because of its interest in legality and justice but because of its emotional political disposition in favour of the PDP.
“Osun State population is not only limited to Christians. But since Rauf Aregbesola became governor, he has been even-handed with all faith.
“Still, CAN’s posture to some of the governor’s actions had been combative from a standpoint of faith.
“It is, therefore, not in the interest of peace and harmony for CAN to fan division in a cultural setting like in Yoruba land where Muslims and Christians have for centuries lived together peacefully, sharing both faiths.”