By Tony Ehighiale, Benin City
Confusion broke out at Baptist Church in Benin on Sunday following a meeting held by pastors of the church to prevail on their members to submit their permanent voters cards to the church on 4th September sparked off protest among members who shouted down at the move. The meeting which was said to have been called on the instance of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu however ended in a deadlock as members of the church were said to have kicked against the idea and vowed not to step their foot in the church.
Indications emerged of strong division among senior pastors and members of the Redeem Church of God in Benin over support for and against the two leading governorship candidates of the PDP, Pastor Osagie-Ize-Iyamu and the All Progressive Congress, APC, Godwin Obaseki.
A Pastor in one of the church’s parish in the Government Reservation Area, who craved anonymity confirmed the infighting and open persecution of members who are against the PDP governorship candidate.
He said “It is very strange what is happening in the church today all because of politics, because am not supporting a particular candidate our member am been force to transfer to a remote branch of the church with less than 30 members. In this election people must understand that power belong and come from God alone.”