From Msughsgima Andrew, Makurdi
The Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party(PRP) in Benue state, Revd. Frederick Ikyaan debunked speculation that his involvement into politics will distract him from his calling at the pulpit.
Revd. Ikyaan in a chat with 247ureports, in his house, in Makurdi, said he is not leaving the pulpit but that he is coming into politics to extend the boundaries of the pulpit.
The Governorship hopefule said “As a pastor today in politics, it’s not as if I’m veering off to something else. I’m simply turning attention to one other aspect of life from which no man is excluded.
“Some even went to the extent of saying am I not leaving the pulpit. No, I am not, if anything, I am rather expanding the boundaries of the pulpit beyond it’s traditional limits.
“The pulpit is life, the pulpit is calling. Wherever a man finds himself, he can still express his calling. As I am a pastor now, I can still express myself be it in politics, in business or in governance, whatever it is, I’m still a pastor because it’s a life thing.
He therefore called on the Benue public to support him win the governorship election come 2019 positing that “as a governor of a state, I will practice politics as someone who is a pastor, one that reconciles humanity with God”.
Ikyaan admonished the people of the State to be wise during their voyingd and not to trade their conscience in exchange for money.
He cautioned that some desperate politicians have stormed Benue communities to buy their votes through purchase of PVCs.
He therefore urged the people to desist from selling their votes for stipends saying theit vote is their power and it must be used wisely.
He pledge to take the youth off the street by revamping the socio economic fortunes of the state by reinvigorating ailing industries in the state so as to engage them.
He also named security, business and mechanized agriculture, women and youth empowerment among others as areas of priority.
Ikyaan urged the people to look up to God noting that his coming into the race is to redeem Benue and give God a place to uplift the state.