The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Chief Olajide Awe, has expressed shock over a story attributed to him condemning Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), for praising Governor Ayodele Fayose during his visit to Ekiti State.
Awe had been quoted in a section of the media on Sunday alleging Pastor Adeboye must have collected bribe from the Governor before praising him.
Pastor Adeboye had during his tour of the country to the state as part of the church’s annual ‘Let’s Go A Fishing” programme, said to Fayose: “We thank God for your courage, for your boldness, we thank God for your being willing to take risks so that your people can be protected. You have been a governor who knows when to say enough is enough in defence of his people. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about and I am sure the world knows. I don’t want to say more than that but be assured that we are praying for you and you will succeed in Jesus name.”
Awe was later quoted in a statement that Fayose is a man that can bribe even angel of God to endorse the devil, warning Adeboye to avoid what will make the people of Ekiti rise against him.The party chair was also reported to have called on members of the RCCG, especially families of the founder, Josiah Akindayomi, to call Mr. Adeboye to order before he destroys the church with his involvement in politics.
But in a statement in Ado-Ekiti signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Taiwo Olatunbosun, Awe said he was outraged by deliberate lie against him that had gone viral on social media.
Awe said he neither spoke with any reporter nor wrote press statement condemning the General Overseer.He explained that APC had a structured media strategy in expressing the party’s opinions on any issue.
He added that the party would never dabble into any controversial issue involving religious leaders, particularly on issues that involved the leader of RCCG or any other respected religious leader in the country, saying that this devilish act by Ekiti State Government’s media agents to play politics to mischievously dent the image of the man of God and blame it on an innocent man will not go without its spiritual consequences.
The statement read in part: “On many occasions, stories allegedly written by APC either denigrating its own leaders or painting the party in bad light to turn Nigerians against it had been traced to a notorious liar that shares lack of integrity with his boss purporting that APC issued such press releases that never emanated from our party.
“Taiwo Olatunbosun is our party’s Publicity Secretary who always signs all the press releases by any official of our great party, but in this instance, the writer of the purported press release alleged that I wrote to condemn Pastor Adeboye for doing his reverred pastoral job in Ekiti State.
“In recent times, press releases either attacking APC leaders, President Muhammadu Buhari or his wife purporting to be written by APC had found their way to the social media.
“At a time, Fayose’s so-called media man, who has no certificate to back up his purported professional calling in journalism and who never worked in any media organisation all his life, once conducted an interview with himself with denigrating comments on Ekiti people as perpetually hungry people and ascribed the interview to Erelu Bisi Fayemi at the time the woman was far away from Nigeria for almost a month without any contact with Nigerian journalists.
“In each of the cases, Fayose’s media men, who neither have record of integrity nor professionalism, have been found to be behind these lies to set Nigerians against Ekiti APC leaders.
“Fayose and his media aide, Lere Olayinka, are known for guerilla journalism in its hit and run tactics, but Nigerians are no fools, as they understand their lack of depth and professionalism in the practice of journalism.
“We all know that Fayose has no respect for integrity, the same tradition inherent in his media aides’ conduct, but we counsel that Fayose should not drag Pastor Adeboye into Ekiti political ring, as the man cannot allow his integrity to be dragged into the mud where Fayose is king.”
Awe said the purported statement was “another story from the propaganda machine of the colony of crooks who found their ways to the seat of power through criminal manipulation of electoral process to earn undeserved victory”.