Archbishop Cletus Bassey, addressing the Akwa Ibom Christian Assembly prayer meeting for the month of December 2022.

Abasifreke Effiong

The President of Akwa Ibom Christian Assembly, ACA, Archbishop Cletus Bassey, has warned political leaders in the State to stop intimidating the people against their will ahead of next year’s election, saying that no amount of intimidation will change the will of the people.

Archbishop Bassey, who gave the admonition at the December prayer meeting of the association, said the people have the right to support any party and candidate of their choosing, hence are determined to resist all forms of bullying.

He called on Akwa Ibom people to exercise their right to make informed political choices in 2023.

“Intimidation and manipulation will not change the will of Akwa Ibomites. Stop threatening people, stop bullying, the more you bully, the more resolute we are. You have the right to choose who you want to, who you believe in and who you think will represent you well.

“Akwa Ibom people listen to me, you have the right to choose whoever you want to. I encourage you to make that choice.”

2023: Intimidation will not change the will of Akwa Ibom people - Archbishop Bassey Church leaders offering intercessory prayer at the meeting.

Archbishop Bassey, a former Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Akwa Ibom state and founder of Destiny International Mission, said ACA is inching towards registering one million members in the State.

While noting that ACA, a non-denominational prayer group of church leaders in the state, has grown in numeric strength recording record of new registrants, the Archbishop advised members to avoid speaking profanities against fathers of faith in the State.

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“There are people who tried to destroy ACA, but they cannot. I want to send a message to the church that ACA is strong. ACA is bigger and stronger today than it was in 2019, more groups with membership spread across the State have registered with us. We are targeting one million members, we are getting there.”

The televangelist said ACA has not decided on the governorship candidate to support.

“ACA will not carry last, we will decide on who to support in 2023, when we do, we will go out house-to-house to campaign for the person”, Bassey assured the Assembly.

2023: Intimidation will not change the will of Akwa Ibom people - Archbishop Bassey Leadership of ACA and Pastors interceding for Akwa Ibom State.

The theme of the prayer was “When the people pray”.

In an exhortation, the Vice President of ACA and the Senior Pastor of Increasing Faith Church, Eket, Rev. Smith Ukpong, said that Akwa Ibom was going through spiritual refinement, noting that the State will emerge pure like gold at the end of the purification exercise.

In another exhortation on the topic, “Power to escape evil trap”, Rev. Angela Ashong, said ACA has remained constant in prayers of liberation for the State.

The prayer meeting received ministration in songs from the united intercessors group.