Imo CAN endorses Uzodimma for second term
The Christian Association of Nigeria, Imo State Chapter, has backed the Governor of the state, Hope Uzodimma’s re-election bid.
They declared the endorsement while speaking at the Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu Square, New Owerri, at an interdenominational service for peace and unity organised by CAN with the theme: “Peace and Unity – Bedrock for Sustainable Development.” The lesson was drawn from the Book of Psalm 133:1-3.
The CAN gave their nods to the governor’s re-election bid because of what they described as his “superlative” performance in office.
It was gathered that the event was to fulfil one of the decisions recently taken by the Imo State Council of Elders concerning Imo Charter of Equity, and the need for the people to seek the face of God on its implementation.
It was learnt that the Christian community had taken advantage of occasion to adopt and dedicate the Imo Charter of Equity document to God while also praying for peace, stability and security in Imo State as the governorship election in November is fast approaching.
The yearly event tagged Imo Prays organised by the state CAN has been in existence for the past three years, drawing the attendance of stakeholders in the Christian community across the country.
The primate of the All Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba was the spiritual father of the day.
Represented by the Anglican Archbishop of the Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Dr. David Onuoha while the Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, as one of the guest speakers, was also represented.
Prominent among the attendees were Emeritus prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Dr. Samuel Uche, His Lordship, Bishop Dennis Jacobs of the Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Snr. Apostle Bethel Onumajuru, of the OAIC, Rev Eches Divine Eches, the CAN chairman of Imo State, among others.
At the event, the Imo Charter of Equity was formally presented to Governor Uzodima by the chairman, Imo State Council of Elders, HRH Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, Archbishop Uche saying the governor’s performance was “superlative” and that he needs to be re-elected to continue with development of Imo State.
Reacting, Governor Uzodimma maintained that there is obvious similarity between Government and the Church which he said is “encapsulated in the service of the people.”
He expressed gratitude to God for making the day possible “and for the wisdom of the Christian Association of Nigeria Imo Chapter, for initiating Imo Prays,” noting that “Imo State is a Christian State and the people believe that prayer is the key to many things.”
Thhe governor hailed the elders’ council for their advisory role on the need for peace, justice and equity in Imo State and exhibited joy over the formal presentation of Imo Charter of Equity in an Inter-denominational programme.
The election will be conducted on November 11, 2023 while the winner will be sworn in on January 15, 2024.