The Anglican Communion in Anambra state yesterday warned the political parties and their candidates in the November 18 governorship election in the stateto desist from drawing the church into partisan politics.
The church which was apparently angered by the parties’ use of its name for political campaigns said it was constrained to issue the warning because the action was abhorred by the church leadership.
In a statement by the Laity Council, Anglican Communion, Anambra state and signed by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Samson Okonkwo, the Church said, “It has come to the notice of the Anglican Church that some candidates of political parties are using the name of the Church to score political points.
“Such candidates are going about informing their followers and indeed the general public that they consulted the leadership of church in choosing their gubernatorial running mates thereby giving the impression that the Anglican Church supports their partisan interest.
“We are constrained to use this medium to advise candidates of political parties to restrain from drawing the Church into partisan politics which is abhorred in its entirety by the leadership of the Church.”
The statement further said, “Meanwhile, the Church prays and wishes all candidates in the November 18, 2017 gubernatorial election the best of luck as we are aware that it is God that will choose the next Governor of the State.
“The Church finally calls on Anambrarians to ensure full participation in the on-going political process in the State as we look forward to peaceful election.”