Apostle Sanyaolu replies CAN president, explains why he will remain in APC’s campaign council

by Church Times

Assistant General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Apostle ‘Biodun Sanyaolu who is a member of the APC campaign council has responded to the decision of the CAN president to probe his involvement in the council. Sanayolu made his stance known in a statement made available to Church Times on Friday, October 21. Find below the statement

1. I wish to humbly react and set the record straight as regards the Press Statement signed by the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) wherein CAN distances itself from members of the Association in the Tinubu/Shettima 2023 President Campaign Council List. Naturally, I shouldn’t say anything after the President has spoken. But reading through the various comments by different people, who have spoken out of ignorance, I consider it necessary to let them know, who I am, and where I am coming from.
2. CAN as an Association has the exclusive and inalienable right to distance itself from the APC Presidential List because of its long-standing position against the same faith Ticket of the Ruling Party. The position subsists and it is the voice of the Christians in Nigeria. Again, CAN is father to ALL. Notwithstanding, we must not lose cognizance of the fact that the party consists of members across all religious divides whom at their individual levels are still entitled to their fundamental human rights.
3. It is pertinent for me to state that as a member of CAN and an Apostle of the Eternal Sacred Order of the Cherubim & Seraphim (ESOCS) Church, I have been in partisan politics for some over three (3) decades. I have been involved in politics from the Grassroot to State and National Level. In the course of my political sojourn I have had cause to be a member of several political parties and lately, the All Progressives Congress (APC). My participation in partisan politics is largely known to the Church, members of the congregation and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
4. In 1993, I was the State Secretary of NRC in Ogun State.  Additionally, I was the party representative at the State Collation Center despite the fact that MKO Abiola, who was keenly contesting that Election as an SDP Candidate was an indigene of Egba where I hailed from.
5. On the return of democracy, I served in the cabinet of His Excellency Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Governor of Ogun State as an Honourable Commissioner between 2003 and 2007. I was later appointed as the Chairman of the Ogun State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board based on my publicly known religious postures and involvements.
6. Even while as a Director in CAN, I was the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Senatorial Flag bearer in the 2019 General Elections where I contested to represent the Ogun Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly. It was shortly after losing that election to Governor Amosun that I was appointed as the Assistant General Secretary (AGS) of the Christian Association of Nigeria after its General Assembly, in November 2019, the tenure of which will lapse in November 2023. Because the new President is from my bloc, and the Constitution does not support the two officers from the same bloc, I have offered to resign a few days away.
7. I can say without equivocation and with all sense of modesty that along all these engagements, I have comported myself as a true Christian and Apostle of God. I have never discredited, ridiculed or brought disrepute to the name of CAN which is the largest ecumenical body in Africa.
8. It was while serving as the Assistant General Secretary in 2020 that I moved into the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of the unending internal crisis in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State. Yet again, I obtained the Nomination Form and actually re-contested for the Ogun Central Senatorial District at the Primary Election held in May 2022 on the platform of APC, and on the prompting of CAN that members should be involved in politics.
9. My nomination into the PCC came in the estimation and recognition of my several political involvements spanning Thirty (30) years at the national, state, and grassroots levels and not on the basis of being an officer of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Even as a Commissioner, I never compromised my faith, nor hide the fact that i am an Apostle in God’s Vineyard. Anyone who cares to know can verify this.
10. I am not a politician without a Second Address. I am a Chartered Accountant by profession and a big-time farmer and therefore, I cannot descend so low or trade the name of CAN or any other body for pecuniary gains. It is not in my character and it can never be. My nomination into the Tinubu/Shettima 2023 President Campaign Council List is based on my political involvements rather than CAN.
11. Above all, permit me to put on record that my decision to serve in the Tinubu/Shettima 2023 President Campaign Council is a personal decision, which has nothing to do with CAN. At moments like this, we may need to separate the man from the office.
12. Thank you.
Apostle ‘Biodun Sanyaolu (ABS)
Assistant General Secretary,
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

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