According to Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church, he has never participated in any political campaigning during a national election.
He made this statement on Sunday while discussing religion at the church’s administrative centre in Ogun State.
This came less than a day after an online newspaper called Peoples Gazette published an audio in which Obi asked Oyedepo for cooperation in order to win over Christians in the South-West.
The votes were required, according to the former governor of Anambra State, since the 2023 presidential election would be a religious conflict.
“Dad, I need you to talk to your folks in the South-West and Kwara, the Christians there. It’s a battle between religions. Like I always say, if this succeeds, you guys won’t regret your support, he added in the audio.
Oyedepo’s response was that he had never spoken to a gathering of people on a politician’s behalf.
“I’ve never had someone tell me what to say in this world. No. I have never advocated or spoken on behalf of anyone, and I won’t till I enter heaven.
“In this nation, not a single (political) party hasn’t asked me for prayers and counsel. Some of the advice I offered them was rejected. Those who took it are seeing results; those who declined are still working on it (laughs). If you come back, I will continue to inform you that it remains the same,” he stated.
Several of Obi’s fans said the tape was doctored, which led to criticism of Obi for it.
The Labour Party Presidential Campaign’s spokesman, Kenneth Okonkwo, however, confirmed the validity in a statement in the early hours of Sunday and claimed that critics had taken it out of context.
Earlier, Balogun Akin Osuntokun, the director general of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Organization, told the Daily Trust that he had nothing to say about the situation.
Osuntokun answered the phone and stated, “I have nothing to say on this.”
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