The Labour Party’s Peter Obi, who is running for president, has admitted that he and Bishop David Oyedepo, the head of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, had a private chat.
However, the former governor of Anambra refuted claims that the presidential election was a “religious war.”
During his appearance as a guest on Arise Television on Monday night, Obi made the disclosure.
The politician acknowledged conferring with the ferocious preacher when questioned about if the phone call had happened or if it was just another piece of misinformation supported by artificial intelligence. Still, she never once referred to the poll as a religious conflict.
In addition to building mosques, he claimed to be the first non-Muslim governor who had sent more citizens on pilgrimages to Mecca than any other state official.
Call it anything you want, he said. Whatever interpretation anyone desires. I do not practice religious bigotry. Are you suggesting that I simply pick up the phone and say, “Religious war,” No, I was even pleading with the bishop to assist me in asking his flock to cast their ballots, as I had been doing for six months? I did not suggest to “catch him,” “kill him,” or “force it.” Even begging, I was. That demonstrates that I persisted in begging for votes. We tried so many different things, but they were all unsuccessful.
Let me explain. Nigerians have been the target of those seeking to influence them. But the time is running out. The people they’ve been controlling are starving to death. They will quickly discover who the bigot is in terms of religion or tribe. I don’t qualify. I just gave you an illustration of how I constructed mosques. No non-Muslim governor has sent more people to Mecca than I have up to this point.
“I never can argue that the poll is a battle between religions mainly because it isn’t. There was a dialogue. But I never claimed that it was a religious conflict. Who knows? There are many people here. Datti and I are the best example of a presidential candidate and his deputy functioning like brothers. We never stop talking about it, and I am aware of it.
We have a presidential candidate, running mate, and party chairman born after Nigeria’s independence for the first time in history. He (Datti) knows my dedication to saving our nation, which is why we must. Given the ongoing religious conflict, I can only complete some of these.