A Church group known as Organization of Africa Instituted Churches (OAIC), has declared support for Olorogun Barr. Kenneth Gbagi OON, governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), come 2023.
The religious group said that it envisions a state in which a universal commitment to the well-being of all its people is fuelled by successful movements for political and social justice.
The group said it has given serious consideration to all candidates that have declared interest in the governorship in the forthcoming election in March 2023 and found the industrialist the most credible and qualified candidate to occupy the position.
It said it considers that giving Gbagi, the opportunity in office will stabilize the economy and the social system.
The group also announced its plan to hold an another gathering of 10, 000 OAIC where Gbagi, would have the opportunity to address them in January 2023.
Speaking in his opening remarks, on Tuesday December 13th 2022, at St. Lazarus Christ Church, Ughelli, the administrative headquarter of Ughelli north local government area of Delta State, Primate Jonathan Arhawanrien, revealed that OAIC is an international body well recognized across the African continent.
“By the grace of God, you are here today in a church called St. Lazarus Christ Church founded by a man called St. Lazarus in 1930. That is why I said today that you are at home because I know vividly that your father is from CAC.
“CAC was once our member until they joined CPFN. They were part of OAIC because Babalola founded CAC, welcome to your home”.
While presenting a copy of the Holy Bible to Gbagi, as a mark of acceptance by the group, Primate Arhawanrien said: “this is the word of God, read it, study it, it will guide you, it will protect you, it will inspire you and it will direct you.
“OAIC is one of the biggest bloc. In January, a bigger programme is coming where we will put 10, 000 people together from the 25 local government areas for you to address them.
“A brand has no hidden place, we are in a society where honesty does not pay. But thank God that honesty will pay in this 2023, honesty and integrity will be rewarded.
“When you see your own, you welcome him. There is an adage that when an orange sees a righteous man, it falls. You are our own”.
Archbishop Jonathan Arhawanrien, was flanked by the 1st Vice Chairman of OAIC, Apostle Prophet Agunsoye and the 2nd Vice Chairman Apostle Franklin Olise.
On the entourage of the SDP gubernatorial candidate, Olorogun Gbagi, FNIM, were the National Vice Chairman of SDP, Barr. Elder Fred Owotorofa, the Deputy governorship candidate of the party z Chief Mrs Oshilim Ishioma Rosemary, the State chairman of the party, Ambassador Oke Idawene JP, the Vice Chairman of SDP in Delta Central, Comrade Mike Dugbo, the Director General, Gbagi Campaign Council, Prof. Jeff Mokobia, the Deputy Director General,
Others are Hon. Taga Nikoro, Ughelli North LGA Chairman, Pastor Amos Osiki, Ughelli South LGA Chairman, Onome Okwa, Ethiope East LGA Chairman, Hon. Ofafe Stephen, Sapele LGA Chairman, Mike Abiri, Burutu LGA Chairman, Chief Gabriel Ibede, State Secretary, Comrade Matthew Luya, SDP Youth Leader, Delta State among other teeming supporters.