The opposition Labour Party (LP) has said that the viral fake audio clip of a conversation between its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and the General Overseer of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo, was meant to cause religious tension in Nigeria.
LP, however, said that the plan will not save the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from drowning.
According to the Labour Party, the APC’s endless subterfuge must stop.
A statement issued by Head, Obi-Datti Media, Diran Onifade, on Sunday, said it appeared the APC’s desperation to grab and retain power by foul means has refused to go away more than a month after it has allegedly grabbed the election as planned.
“While we are toeing the constitutional path to retrieve our mandate, those who have truncated the wishes of the majority of Nigerians have resorted to mischief and endless subterfuge to continue to hold on to what they know does not belong to them.
“From the show of shame in Port Harcourt to the drama in the Ibom Air aircraft, both of which they contrived, they have now moved to the circulation of a deep fake audio file aimed at promoting religious tension in the country.
“All these are meant to serve no other purpose than egregious mischief aimed at demarketing Peter Obi. If the goal is to create a credibility problem, the ploy has failed woefully. Peter Obi has long been on record as the only presidential candidate who has urged the Nigerians electorate not to vote for him on the basis of religion or tribe.
“We will therefore like to advise our beloved Nigerian people to remain focused on the task to take back the mandate we know was freely given to Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed through legitimate means.
“That is more important than to expect those who ran elections on forged credentials and even fake Bishops to stop faking. They cannot stop being fraudulent because that is who they are,” the Labour Party stated.