Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, a member of the Christian Association Of Nigeria (CAN) has stated that he is not in the know of his nomination as a member of the Presidential Campaign Council of APC. He claims that himself and his wife did not consent to the nomination. He maintained that he does not carry the card of any political party in Nigeria and that CAN maintains her opposition of the Muslim-Muslim Ticket.
While insisting that he is not a card-carrying member of any political party in the country, Para-Mallam said the Christian Association of Nigeria had taken a position against the Muslim-Muslim ticket adopted by the APC and its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, despite the national outcry.
On the Campaign List, Rev Gideon was not the only CAN member found. Others who were found has also earlier opposed the Muslim-Muslim Ticket adopted by the All Progressive Council. The members on the list include; The Personal Assistant to the present CAN president, Victor Ivoke, Comfort Chigbue, Director of Legal and Public Affairs and others.
As a result of the public display of the list, there have been controversies in different denominations and churches. Rev Para-Mallam on the contrary has said, “My attention has been drawn to a list in circulation which indicates that I or my wife – Prof. Funmi Para-Mallam has been nominated to serve in the APC’s Presidential Campaign Council. Neither of us is aware of this nomination and our consent was not sorted.
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“Nigeria is a great country; our present setbacks notwithstanding. But I believe that Nigeria will be great again. I love this country. I am not a partisan politician. I am a clergyman and a social justice peace advocate. I am non-partisan. I am also not a card-carrying member of any political party in Nigeria today, not that it would be wrong, but I am not at the moment.
“Besides, CAN has taken a position against any Muslim-Muslim ticket and any Christian-Christian ticket. I respect that decision. Nigeria is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious country. This contextual reality needs to show in the way our political parties play their politics through fair internal party politics.
“Accepting to serve in the APC’s Presidential Campaign Council will negate this fundamental reality of what we are as a multi-religious country. Politics of inclusiveness should override politics of exclusion not just in 2023 but beyond”.
“I, therefore, wish to distance myself from membership of any campaign team of any political party in the forthcoming 2023 elections. I have some respected and close friends in all the major political parties. I will continue to work to promote political harmony and peaceful co-existence in Nigeria. May God give Nigeria peaceful 2023 elections. God bless Nigeria and guide both the parties and Nigerians as the campaign season commences.”