Peter Obi, the Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate in the last general election admitted to having a private conversation with Living Faith Church Worldwide founder Bishop David Oyedepo.
Speaking on Arise TV as a featured guest on Monday night, he also dismissed describing the presidential election as a “war of religion”.
Reported on a leaked conversation allegedly between Peter Obi and Bishop Oyedepo, in which the former was heard pleading with the cleric to help influence his support and vote. Christians in the Southwest and Kogi States.
According to a phone conversation that allegedly took place before the February 25 presidential election, Obi described the poll as a “religious war that needs to be won” and why the release of re-recording caused a series of backlash and criticism. to the former governor of Anambra.
But when asked if the “Yes Daddy” phone call really happened, he replied: “Call it what you want. Anyone can do whatever they want. I am not a religious bigot. You think I can pick up the phone and say “religious war”? No, I even begged the bishop to help me get his people to vote, which I did for six months – begging. I didn’t say ‘catch him’, ‘kill him’, or ‘force him’. I even begged. It shows that I keep begging for votes. There were a lot of things we tried to do, but they didn’t go well.
The former governor of Anambra state further emphasized that he is not a religious bigot, adding that no non-Muslim governor has ever sent more people to Makkah than he did as a governor.
“Let me tell you. Those who have been trying to manipulate Nigerians have been doing it. But it is coming to an end. The people they have been manipulating are dying of hunger. They will soon know who is the religious or tribal bigot. I am not one. I have just given you an example of how I built mosques. Till today, no non-Muslim governor has sent more people to Mecca than me.
“I can never say it (poll) is a religious war. Because it is not. There was a conversation. But I never said it was a religious war. What for? I am surrounded by people. If there was ever an instance where the presidential candidate and his deputy work as brothers, it is me and Datti. And I know and we never stop talking about it.
“For the first time in the history of Nigeria, we have a presidential candidate, running mate and party chairman who were born after Nigeria’s Independence. We must save this country and he (Datti) knows my commitment to it. I can’t do all these with the background of religious war,” he added.