Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general election, Mr. Peter Obi has reacted to the leaked phone conversation between him and Pastor David Oyedepo of the Winners Chapel International on the eve of election.
In the leaked phone conversation, Mr. Peter Obi called the election a "Religious War," a language that has attracted millions of reactions, online.
However, reacting to the leaked conversation, spokespersons the Peter Obi/Datti presidential campaign council, Kenneth Okonkwo has confirmed that the leaked phone conversation was real.
Kenneth Okonkwo claimed that the utterances were not for war but a call to seek help from the Pastor in the conversation. He, however, blamed All Progressives Congress (APC) for what might seem as "religious war" during the electioneering campaign.
Okonkwo's statement reads:
"Our attention has been drawn to the publication of this audio tape of private conversation between Peter Obi and Bishop Oyedepo. It is not surprising that these political criminals are trying to spin the conversation as if Obi was making a religious statement.
"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 Peter Obi 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 stated.
Okonkwo further stated that "I went around with Obi on campaign train and never saw him discriminate against any religion. Of course he can't because his Vice is a Muslim unlike APC. I resigned from APC because of their religious intolerance. Nigerians should disregard any insinuation of religious bigots about this tape.
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Written by Ejiro Hassan (ejiro)
Published 4/2/2023 7:42:47 AM