- Diocesan Bishop of Lagos Anglican Communion, Rt Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye, has urged PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to respect people's choice in the last election
- The cleric said although Atiku and his party have the right to challenge the outcome of the results in court, he warned them against dragging Nigeria backward
- Olumakaiye said Nigerians spoke with their votes during the last general elections
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have been urged by the Diocesan Bishop of Lagos Anglican Communion, Rt Rev Humphrey Olumakaiye, to challenge the just concluded presidential election as good patriots but avoid dragging the nation backwards.
The Nation reports that he said Nigerians have taken a bold step and “we must continue to move forward as a country.”
Legit.ng gathered that Olumakaiye spoke at the centenary rally in commemoration of the centenary celebration of the diocese recently at TBS, Victoria Island, Lagos.
It was reported that thousands of diocesans from 14 archdeaconries participated in the colourful display with various floats, radiant dresses, decorations and rich cultural presentations.
He said that Nigerians must pray and thank God for what he has done for them.
“When God says yes, nobody can say no. God has spoken and it is for every one of us to come together as one and accept the will of God.
“God has appointed a leader for us and it is important that we cooperate with the new government and move the nation forward by making sure that we are also patients that at the end of the tunnel, there will be light,” he stressed.
Olumakaiye noted that although it is within the rights of Atiku and the PDP to contest the presidential results in court, he said: “they must not drag us backwards as Nigerians have taken a bold step and have spoken with their votes.”
He appealed for calm and patience because “God is not done yet with Nigeria and respite will come soon.”
On the centenary celebration, he said: “It is designed to be celebrated throughout this year and it is targeted at fostering a more cordial relationship among members as they look forward to establishing something that the coming generations will also appreciate us for.”
He pointed out the rally was set toward “showing to the world although we are from different tribes, languages and colour, we are one and there is no other face of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Olumakaiye charged the body of Christ to endeavour to always promote the virtues of peace, love unity and mutual understanding within their neighbourhood.
He said the “true Christian faith is a life lived in love. Christ died to reconcile us back to God.
“The ministry of reconciliation is not limited and we must continue to work on it not only in the church but in the society.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday, March 16, accused the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Yakubu Mahmood, of denying the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, access to inspect electoral materials.
It was reported that the party in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiya, said Mahmood and INEC refused to obey the March 6, 2019 ruling of the Appeal Court.
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