Anglican Bishops under Enugu Ecclesiastical Province yesterday expressed their displeasure in the separation of the church in politics in the state and has given the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pick her governorship running mate from its members or lose support of the Anglican Church.
According to reports, Archbishop of the Enugu Ecclesiastical Province, Emmanuel Chukwuma, expressed support for the PDP governorship aspirant, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, a Catholic, and said the church had suffered untold hardship in the politics of the state despite her contribution and support to the development of the state.
Addressing journalists in Enugu, Most Rev Emmanuel Chukwuma, said the Anglican Church was opposed to Catholic/Catholic ticket for the governorship position of the state next year because Ugwuanyi is Catholic and his running mate should be picked from the Anglican Church if the PDP hopes to enlist the support of the church to win the elections.
He told journalists: “We the Anglican Bishops are crying and appealing that Anglicans in Enugu state will not tolerate marginalisation and should be giving the position of deputy governor of the state. For the position of governor and deputy governor to be Catholic/Catholic will not be acceptable to us.
In the Federal level, people are not happy with Christian/Christian ticket, hence the president has taken a very good stand to return as President and pick a Moslem as his running mate. Why should Enugu State, therefore, nominate a Roman Catholic governorship candidate who we are not against and wanting again to nominate a Roman Catholic as the running mate? We Anglicans say no to this kind of arrangement. We are not in minority in Enugu state and we totally reject that intention and are warning that if they want peace to reign in this state and for them to enjoy our cooperation, it should not be Roman Catholic/ Roman Catholic ticket”.
The Anglican bishop gave a breakdown of how governorship positions have been allocated in the state said apart from Chiefs, Jim Nwobodo and Late Christian Onoh, others coming after them had been from other faith.
He stated: “Former Governor of the State, Chimaroke Nnamani who served from 1999 to 2007 is a Methodist. He picked Okechukwu Itanyi, a Catholic as his Deputy. Nnamani handed over to Sullivan Chime who is Roman Catholic. Sullivan chose Sunday Onyebuchi, a Methodist or so, not an Anglican as Deputy. As they are going out, all those who want to become governor are Catholics and in the PDP, they are plotting to make their running mate a Catholic. We are saying give us an Anglican Deputy, otherwise you are looking for our trouble".