The Nigerian Baptist Convention has urged its members across the country to cast their votes in 2023 according to their conscience and not based on ethnic or religious criteria, insisting that it does not have a preferred presidential candidate in the upcoming elections.

NBC Chairman Israel Akanji had this to say in a media talk on Wednesday in Ibadan.

Calling rumors circulating in cities that the Christian association had adopted a particular candidate as false, Akanji added that only after the emergence of a credible leader would Nigeria’s economy be repositioned after the elections.

He said: “People have been encouraged to vote according to their conscience for people who will be of great benefit to Nigerians wherever they come from. We believe that God, who has always helped Nigeria, will help us again.”

Therefore, he called on candidates vying for multiple elective positions to show good sportsmanship rather than view elections as a matter of life and death.

The adoption of Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi by the duo of former president Olusegun Obasanjo and chief Edwin Clark, according to Akanji, was their decision.

He said they have their own rights as Nigerians to make their preferred candidate known to the public, saying it was wrong for people to punish them.

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