The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has endorsed the presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi as its preferred candidate for the 2023 elections.

The NCEF is a forum piloted by former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd), SPY NIGERIA understands.

According to a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, the forum added that Nigeria requires new leaders, new methods, new policies, and new political parties to protect its future.

It also raised an alarm that the reports about some regions preparing to unleash violence during the elections should not be taken lightly by the federal government.

The forum called on Nigerians to vote peacefully and choose candidates based on capacity, ability, integrity, and good health because, “a sick country requires hearty leaders.”

The statement titled, “Resolutions towards 2023 elections: Think new”, signed by its chairman Dr. Samuel Gani and Secretary, Pastor Bosun Emmanuel, reads: “In view of the need to ensure that democracy survives in Nigeria and the culture of corruption, incompetency, lawlessness, and impunity, which assailed the country in the past 24 years is eradicated, NCEF encourages Nigerians to think new.

“Nigeria requires new leaders, new methods, new policies, and new political parties. In view of the above for equity, justice, inclusiveness, and unity to produce the preferred future for Nigerians.

“The National Christian Elders Forum is endorsing Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party as the Presidential candidate to be voted for. NCEF encourages all Nigerians of voting age to exercise their civic duty and ensure that they vote for capacity, competency, integrity, and good health. Nigerians, think new!”

Support For Naira Redesign Policy

The forum said the naira redesign policy of the federal government is a good development noting that though it has brought inconvenience to the people, the long-term effects are worth the pain.

“NCEF commends the Federal Government for taking steps to curb vote-buying during the 2023 elections. While the policy of currency change has brought some inconvenience to the people, the long-term benefit should be appreciated. It is crucial that vote-buying must be prevented at all costs to prevent unqualified and incapable persons from bribing their way into power,” it added.

Members of the NECF included Dr. Saleh Hussaini, Vice Chairman (North), Elder Shyngle Wigwe, Vice Chairman (South), Mrs. Osaretin Demuren, Prof. Joseph Otubu, Dr. Kate Okpareke, Dr. Ayo Abifarin, Gen. Zamani Lekwot (retd), Hon. Justice James Ogebe (retd), and Elder Moses Ihonde.

Others are Hon. Justice Kalajine Anigbogu (retd.), Elder Nat Okoro, Solomon Asemota (SAN), Elder Matthew Owojaiye, DIG P. L. Dabup, Sir John W. Bagu, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Dame Priscilla Kuye, Prof. Deborah Ajakaiye, His Royal Majesty Oba Dokun Thompson, and Dr. Taiwo Idemudia.