Before the general elections in 2023, a social media influencer named Deji Adeyanju has petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify candidates who go to churches or mosques to solicit support.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, some candidates may be seen going between churches, mosques, and even shrines as they covertly canvass for votes.
However, Adeyanju claimed in a post on Tuesday that using one’s religion or tribe as a political issue is against Nigerian law.
He said: “2023: INEC should disqualify candidates that go to churches or mosques to campaign or solicit for support/votes. Our laws forbid the use of religion or tribe to campaign.”
Adeyanju had already asked Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, to start building structures rather than visiting churches like a candidate for CAN president.
He made fun of Funke Akindele, the PDP’s deputy governorship candidate in Lagos State, on Tuesday morning for attending a church service.
“Watching the video of Funke Akindele, PDP Deputy Guber candidate campaigning or sorry, worshipping in a Lagos church is hilarious. She almost went into a trance in the process. Politicians should keep their politics away from church,” Adeyanju posted on Facebook.
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