The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has revealed the reason he has never voted in any election in Nigeria.
Speaking during a sermon on Sunday, Adeboye said the reason he has never voted was that he does not want to be biased and unjust to any of the candidates.
The popular cleric said that all the presidential candidates are his children and all the political parties are well represented in the church.
He, however, encouraged his church members to register for their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) and ensure to vote for any candidate of their choice in the 2023 general elections.
“The only reason I have never voted is that if I vote for anyone, I will be unjust to the rest of my children, I am the father of all and I like it that way. All I am saying and I am saying it loud and clear, as a Nigerian, everyone of you, you are Nigerians before you became a Christian, because nobody is born a Christian. You are a true Christian because you gave your life to Jesus Christ.
“Before you became a Christian, you are a Nigerian, you have a duty to your country, to register, to vote, to make sure that your vote should count, you have a duty to belong to any party of your choice at the very grassroots, you can’t sit down, fold your hand, refuse to vote and then begin to complain about the government.
“What were you doing when they were voting? They were voting, you sat down at home, you did not register and then some people came round and selected for you whether at the gubernatorial level, presidential level or local government level. They chose for you because you refuse to do anything and then you begin to complain.
“You must register, you must vote, you must sit down there after you have voted until they count the vote, you must know who they said won. You must make sure there is no more rigging in Nigeria. I don’t care which is your party, I don’t care who you vote for but do your duty, that is what I am asking you to do and you must do it.”
Speaking further, Adeboye told RCCG members not to distract his attention and that they can vote for any candidate of their choice in next year’s elections.
He stated that his assignment is to pray for his church members and the country, stressing that his assignment had nothing to do with partisan politics.
“My assignment is to pray for you, including Nigeria, my assignment has nothing to do with partisan politics. Don’t distract my attention. You will bear me witness, those of you who are genuine members of Redeemed Christian Church of God, I have never told you this is the person you should vote for.
“Have I ever told you that whether in secret or in open? Never. I have never said this is the party you should belong to, I have never said it and I will never say it. And you know why because, in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, every party is heavily represented. Everyone, APC, PDP, APGA, Labour Party, etc,” he said.