The presidential campaign council of the labour party says the audio record of its candidate in the 2023 election, peter Obi with the founder of living faith church, Bishop David Oyedepo is fake and it is a desperate move by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to discredit Peter Obi.
In a statement, the head of Obi-Datti media office, Diran Onifade, accused the ruling party of promoting religious tension in the country, saying that the”APC’s endless subterfuge must stop”.
He alleged that the ruling APC refused to back out of the desperation to grab power it exhibited before the election
The campaign council said the labour party is toeing the path of the constitution to reclaim the stolen mandate, and advised Nigerians to remain focused on the task.
However, the spokesperson of Labour Party presidential campaign council, Kenneth Okonkwo in a tweet thread on Sunday, subtly confirmed the conversation .
He said Obi was only appealing to the Bishop to assist in pushing the message of equal stake in the Nigerian project to his people and the christian community.
“Firstly, the context of the conversation was aptly put by Bishop Oyedepo when he said “All Nigerians have equal stake in this nation, nobody has the right to claim that he is dashing something to someone”.
H E @PeterObi was simply urging the Bishop to help him push this message of equal stake of all Nigerians in the Nigerian project to his people and the christiandom because the politicians of the other party is carrying on this campaign as if it is a religious war.
“To drive home this point, he informed him that he visited the traditional ruler of Offa, the Olofa of Offa, who is a Muslim, but who advised Obi to get the support of Oyedepo and be assured of his own support. No Politician has ever visited the Olofa of Offa. It is clear to everybody that the APC political party that has a Presidential Candidate, Vice Presidential Candidate, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, National Chairman of the Party all from one religion at a time the CJN is a Muslim is the Party that has declared religious war on Nigerians and we must all rise up together to fight this unconstitutional act of religious intolerance of other religions by APC.”
Okonkwo said “political criminals are trying to spin the conversation as if Obi was making a religious statement.”
Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church has also made a clarification.
He said on Sunday during a live broadcast that all political parties that took part in the just concluded general elections sought his prayers.
Oyedepo said though he prayed for them, he was not in the position to answer the prayers.
“There is no party in Nigeria that was running that didn’t come to me for prayers, not one. I can’t answer the prayer, I can only pray for you.
Whether you are a member of a church or not, without your faith Papa’s prayer won’t do nothing,” he said.