Valentine Obienyem, media aide to Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), has identified the person who allegedly leaked his principal’s conversation with David Oyedepo, founder of Winners Chapel. The audio clip released by online newspaper, Peoples Gazzete, has set social media on fire since Saturday.
In the audio, Obi was heard begging Oyedepo to help him mobilize Christian voters ahead of the election, especially those in the North Central states of Kwara, Kogi and Niger, declaring the election was a religious war. The former governor of Anambra State was repeatedly heard saying, ‘Yes Daddy”, while the conversation lasted.
“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,” he said in the audio.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, Obienyem said: “I heard they set up a committee made up of some Communications experts, headed by our prodigal brother from Nnewi. They are reviewing all calls Obi made in the last three years, and especially now to see if he mentioned Interim Government or anything that will make them prosecute him for treason when and if they take over.
“Till now, they are yet to see any. The badly doctored conservation with Bishop Oyedepo released by our Nnewi prodigal brother is the much they have discovered so far. They edited out the Muslim-Muslim ticket that led to the discussion, where Obi said that in a society like ours, religious balancing was a necessary consideration and that their recklessness had made Christians to assume it was a religious war,” he said.