The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Edo Region 13 headquarters (Trinity Sanctuary) in Benin City, Edo State has literally been converted to the campaign office of Mr. Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the the State’s September 10 gubernatorial election, The News reports..
Banners of PDP and its candidate in the election adorn all the walls of the church only the altar is spared of the political message as this magazine discovered.
It was also discovered that Regional Pastor of the Church in Edo State, Pastor James Dagunduro and other ministers in the RCCG now preach Ize-Iyamu on the altar.
The Regional Pastor, we learnt, has given instructions to parish pastors to canvass for Mr. Ize-Iyamu in their parishes, a situation which is causing ripples in the church.
Two campaign jingles of Mr. Ize-Iyamu were repeatedly played in the teenage Church of Trinity Sanctuary on Sunday 21st August and no other message was preached to the teenagers.
A member of the congregation who lamented the sudden development in the church told this reporter that a Minister who dared to voice his objection to the development has been transferred over the development. A Minister in the Church (names withheld) who complained that the church was being turned into a political arena was reprimanded and shut down.
It was learnt that Provincial Pastors in the church now hold meetings on the Ize-Iyamu project against the interest of their parishioners who are averse the PDP and its candidate.
Many parishioners and members of other parties who can’t stand the new development are leaving the church in droves as they see it as a strange doctrine in the church.
Aggrieved members of the Church are now calling on the respected General Overseer of the Church, Pastor EA Adeboye, who is known to be very strict with workers in the Church, to wade into the Edo Church before things go completely out of hand.
They recalled that in the Presidential election of 2015, General Overseer of the Church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye did not openly canvass for President Buhari and Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
This, they pointed out was in spite of the fact that Prof Osinbajo is a Senior Pastor in the RCCG who ministers at the Holy Ghost Services and Conventions of the Church.