The Niger chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Sunday enjoined the Christian faithful to vote for credible candidates at the governorship and legislative elections of March 18.
It stated that such candidates should be those who would ensure development and peaceful co-existence among the people.
“The elections will take place on March 18. I enjoin everyone to vote for candidates of their choice,’’ CAN chairman in the state, Most Rev. Bulus Yohanna, said in the statement.
He added that after due consultation with the national body, the state chapter decided that members must consider the character, competence, capacity and policies of candidates before deciding on who to vote for.
“The candidate must be God-fearing, honest and respectful of the rule of law, justice and fairness for all.
“He or she must have respect for religious and ethnic diversity,’’ the chairman said in the statement.
He added that the candidates must be compassionate, disciplined and live credible lifestyles; must not be cultists, religious fanatics, or involved in illicit drugs and must not have relationships with bandits and thugs.
He also enjoined voters to consider the antecedents of candidates in terms of performance in positions they occupied in the past.
The preferred candidates must be those who can guarantee internal security, religious neutrality, and enforcement of fundamental rights and be fair in appointments, the chairman charged.
Yohanna also said that choice candidates must ensure quality education and free healthcare for the people and urged the Christian faithful to pray and fast for the success of the elections.