The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has disassociate from a northern group tagged “Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria” who met with Bola Tinubu, Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday, in Abuja.
This was made known by the deputy national secretary of the PFN, Bishop David Bakare via an interview with newsmen in Kaduna.
Bakare noted that there is no group with such name under the PFN fold and emphasized that there is nothing in PFN that is regional based like Southern or Northern Pentecostal Bishops.
Bakare who maintained that the PFN is an arm of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said the position of the fellowship on the same faith presidential ticket of the APC has not changed.
To this end, he posited that the meeting between Tinubu and the Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria has nothing to do with the PFN.
He said, “The Pentecostal Bishops Forum of Northern Nigeria is not known to the PFN. The forum does not have any affiliation or relationship with the PFN that is registered with the government of this nation.”
“I am speaking to you officially and authoritatively that the ranks of the Christian community and of course, the PFN which I represent are not broken at all.
“We didn’t take such a decision, we have not met that political party and whatever we will do would be in the public domain.
“That group is on their own and has nothing to do with the real incorporated PFN.
“I looked at the photos (from the meeting) and the names. I could recognize two people who are our members, but they speak for themselves.”
“Finally, I wish to let you know that there is nothing in PFN that is regional based like Southern or Northern Pentecostal Bishops.
“As a matter of fact, the PFN does not have any settings for Bishops. What we have is PFN, we do not separate Bishops of Pentecostal from other clergies of Pentecostal.
“PFN is just one body under which all Bishops, Pastors and members are lined up behind Bishop Francis Wale, the President.
“We stand by our decision, we have not and will not bend to the dictates of any political group.
“It doesn’t matter what politicians will want to do, the truth and the joy is that the PFN is not divided on its position.
“Individuals can form an association but when it comes to the body called PFN, there is no change in our position and we have not authorised anybody to hold a meeting.”