2023 ELECTION: They are on their own – PFN distances itself from Northern bishops who met with Tinubu
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has distanced itself from the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria, who met with the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday in Abuja.
In an interview with TheCable on Sunday, David Bakare, deputy national secretary of the PFN, said: “There is nothing in PFN that is regional based like southern or northern pentecostal bishops.”
The PFN, according to Bakare, is a branch of CAN, adding that the opposition to the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket has not changed.
“The meeting between Tinubu and the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria has nothing to do with the PFN,” he said.
“I am speaking to you officially and authoritatively that the ranks of the Christian community, and of course, the PFN which I represent is not broken at all.
“The Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria is not known to the PFN. The forum does not have any affiliation or relationship with the PFN that is registered with the government of this nation.
“The position of the PFN on same faith ticket still stands as it was in the beginning and we have not, for any reason, shifted our position on that matter.
“The PFN is not a part of the meeting with the presidential candidate that was highly politicised. We are however aware of the ripples in the public domain about this matter.
“I am speaking officially to clarify that the PFN has nothing to do with that organisation. We didn’t take such a decision, we have not met that political party and whatever we will do would be in the public domain.
“That group is on their own and has nothing to do with the real incorporated PFN. I looked at the photos (from the meeting) and the names. I could recognise about two people who are our members, but they speak for themselves.”