The presiding Bishop of Faith Tabernacle, David Oyedepo, on Sunday, has reacted to the controversial audio tape alleged to have been a phone conversation between him and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, saying he only advises and prays for politicians who come to him.
The clergyman, who stated this while preaching on Sunday at the church’s headquarters in Ogun State, noted that he has never campaigned for any politician during any election in the country.
It would be recalled that an online news outlet released an audio clip where Obi was heard telling the Bishop to help solicit votes from Christians in the South-West and Northern part of the country so that he can win the just-concluded 2023 presidential election.
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In the audio that had gone viral on the social media, Obi also allegedly said the votes were needed because the 2023 presidential election was a religious war.
The Labour Party presidential candidate allegedly said, “Daddy, I need you to speak to your people in the South-West and Kwara, the Christians in the South-West and Kwara. This is a religious war. Like I keep saying: if this works, you people will never regret the support.”
But, reacting to the controversial audio clip, Oyedepo said he never spoke to any group of people on behalf of any politician, saying: “Nobody had ever told me what to say in this world. No. I have never campaigned for anybody or speak on anybody’s behalf and I will not do that till I go to heaven.
“There is no (political) party in this country that didn’t come to me for prayers and advice. I advised them, some, they didn’t take. Those who chose to take it, they see results; those who said no, they are going about it. If you still come again, I will still tell you, it doesn’t change,” he stated.