In the trending leaked audio tape , Obi was heard asking Bishop Oyedepo to assist in spreading a message to voters, particularly Christians in the South-West and core states like Kwara, Kogi, and Niger, on the night of the election.
In the four minutes and sixteen seconds tape , Peter Obi began the conversation :
“Daddy, I need you to speak to your people in the South-West and Kwara, the Christians in the South-West and Kwara,” Obi said.This is a religious war.”Oyedepo responded by saying, “I believe that, I believe that, I believe that.”
“Like I keep saying: if this works, you people will never regret the support,” Obi further said while Oyedepo replied, “We look forward to God’s intervention.”
Kenneth Okonkwo, the spokesman for the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), while confirming the authenticity of the tso said clarified that Obi was not advocating for a religious war, but rather was urging Bishop Oyedepo to help convey the message of equal stakes for all Nigerians in the country’s political landscape.
Okonkwo’s statement read, “Our attention has been drawn to the publication of this audio tape of private conversation between Peter Obi and Bishop Oyedepo. It is not surprising that these political criminals are trying to spin the conversation as if Obi was making a religious statement.
“Firstly, the context of the conversation was aptly put by Bishop Oyedepo when he said, ‘All Nigerians have equal stake in this nation, nobody has the right to claim that he is dashing something to someone’.
“. Peter Obi was simply urging the Bishop to help him push this message of equal stake of all Nigerians in the Nigerian project to his people and the christiandom because the politicians of the other party is carrying on this campaign as if it is a religious war.
“To drive home this point, he informed him that he visited the traditional ruler of Offa, the Olofa of Offa, who is a Muslim, but who advised Obi to get the support of Oyedepo and be assured of his own support. No Politician has ever visited the Olofa of Offa. It is clear to everybody that the APC political party that has a Presidential Candidate, Vice Presidential Candidate, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, National Chairman of the Party all from one religion at a time the CJN is a Muslim is the Party that has declared religious war on Nigerians and we must all rise up together to fight this unconstitutional act of religious intolerance of other religions by APC.
“I went around with Obi on campaign train and never saw him discriminate against any religion. Of course he can’t because his Vice is a Muslim unlike APC. I resigned from APC because of their religious intolerance. Nigerians should disregard any insinuation of religious bigots about this tape.”