The obviously notorious herdsmen are currently busy making a big political statement in Kogi State just as Christians are busy watching political developments in the state from the sidelines.

The herders group,  Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has said that they are with Governor Yahaya Bello who is seeking re-election in the coming November 16 Governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The National Organising Secretary of the group, Aliyu Saleh, who made the declaration at a news conference in Lokoja, the state capital, directed all Fulani in the state to immediately embark on Ruga-to-Ruga campaign for the re-election of Bello.

But the state wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has not endorsed any candidate or party for the governorship election. CAN Chairman, Dr John Ibenu, made this known at an Extra-Ordinary Extended Exco Meeting of the group in Lokoja, against the backdrop of claims that the Christian body has endorsed Governor Bello.

According to him, ‘’CAN is a spiritual and religious organisation and not a political organisation. All our members belong to as many political parties of their choice and they are free to do so. CAN is a father body to all political parties, and so cannot and should not adopt any political party in any election (unless it is compelled to do so and must be the decision of an emergency plenary).

‘’CAN has not adopted any candidate, every member is encouraged to join the political party of his or her choice. CAN is open to all’’, stressing that any political party that needed and demanded the support of CAN members must be committed to the fear of God; ensure peace and unity of polity; justice, equity and fairness to all.

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