The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, has dissociated himself from social media attacks on the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christain Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye by some of his supporters known as Obidients.
Recall Obidients lashed out at the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye after he claimed that president-elect, Bola Tinubu, would fix Nigeria with the help of God.
Adeboye, who was represented by his Special Assistant, Pastor Dele Balogun, spoke at the monthly Thanksgiving service at the RCCG Headquarters in Ebute-Metta.
But, Obi’s supporters felt offended by the statement credited to Adeboye, calling him names on various social media platforms.
However, distancing himself from the attack in a statement issued on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, Obi described the incident as another campaign of calumny from opposition ranks.
The statement, which was signed by the Head of the Media Office, Diran Onifade reads, “Our attention has been drawn to yet another campaign of calumny emanating from opposition ranks, this time blaming ‘Obidients’ for recent unjustified social media attacks on the revered General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.
“We wish to state categorically that supporters of Mr Peter Obi, like their Principal, have great respect for Pastor Adeboye and therefore are not involved in any social media hounding of the revered man of God most especially over a statement he did not make.
“It has become a pattern for desperate political operatives to orchestrate a ruse and blame it on Peter Obi’s supporters in furtherance of the opposition’s subterfuge strategy which has failed back to back.
“We wish to appeal to fellow Nigerians to ignore the antics of election riggers who believe that demarketing Peter Obi is their sure means of keeping a stolen mandate.
“Nigerians are aware by now that issuing personal insults is not Peter Obi’s character and he does not encourage his followers to engage in same.”