Peter Obi Admits To Phoning Oyedepo Ahead Of Presidential Election
The Presidential candidate for the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has admitted to speaking with Bishop David Oyedepo, presiding Bishop of Living Faith Worldwide, over the phone in relation to the 2023 presidential election.
Recalled an audio clip of the conversation between Obi and Oyedepo had leaked in April, with Obi denying any wrongdoing and claiming the phone conversation was doctored.
However, during a recent appearance on Arise Television on Monday night, Obi confessed to contacting the bishop to solicit votes, stating that he had been doing so for six months leading up to the election.
Obi vehemently denied any suggestion that he had referred to the election as a “religious war” or made any threats, insisting that he was simply asking for support.
The presidential candidate highlighted that he was not a religious bigot and had been a longstanding supporter of interfaith cooperation.
“Call it whatever you want to call it. Whatever anyone wants to make of it. I am not a religious bigot. Do you think I can just pick a phone and say ‘religious war’? No, I was even begging the bishop to help me ask his people to vote, which was what I was doing for six months — begging,” Obi said.
“I wasn’t saying ‘catch him’, ‘kill him’, ‘force it’. I was even begging. That shows that I continued to look for votes by begging. There were so many things we tried to do but they were not okay.
“Let me tell you; those who have been trying to manipulate Nigerians have been doing it. But it is coming to an end. The people they have been manipulating are dying of hunger.
“They will soon know who is the religious or tribal bigot. I am not one. I have just given you an example of how I built mosques. Till today, no non-Muslim governor has sent more people to Mecca than me.
“I can never say it (election) is a religious war. Because it is not. There was a conversation. But I never said it was a religious war. What for? I am surrounded by people.
“If there was ever an instance where the presidential candidate and his deputy work as brothers, it is me and Datti. And I know and we never stop talking about it.
“For the first time in the history of Nigeria, we have a presidential candidate, running mate, and party chairman who were born after Nigeria’s independence.
“We must save this country and he (Datti) knows my commitment to it. I can’t do all these with the background of religious war.”