FG Calls Obi to Defend Leaked Audio

The Federal Government has pressed the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi to explain his position about a leaked audio recording of a conversation he purportedly had with Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Obi should clarify what he meant by saying the leaked conversation was “a fake doctored audio call.”

“I need to draw the attention of Nigerians to the recently leaked audio of the conversation between the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and the cleric.

“The leaked audio rattled Nigerians because we heard Obi pleading with the cleric to interfere on his behalf to convince Christians that this is a religious war and they should support him,” he said.

The minister said Obi had claimed that the leaked audio was “a fake, doctored audio call.”

The minister said, “If it is fake, it means it never took place. But if it is doctored, it means there was that conversation but it was manipulated.

“Obi needs to come out and make the clarification on whether the conversation did not take place or it took place, but it was doctored.

“If it was doctored, which part of it was doctored?

“Is it the beginning, the middle or the end or is it the ‘Yes Daddy’ part of it, or where he said it was a religious war?”

Mohammed claimed that the audio recording supported the claim that Obi’s election campaign was centred on both religion and ethnicity.

He claimed that this was the first election in Nigerian history when a politician publicly campaigned based on religion and ethnicity.

“From the outcome of the presidential elections, you will see that Obi got his vote mostly from the areas where he comes from and his religious leaning.

“This is not good for the politics of Nigeria and it is very dangerous.

“As a result of this kind of campaign, Nigeria is more divided than ever and people are being heard commenting either based on their religious position or ethnic origin.

“Many otherwise respected commentators are not left behind on the effect of this divisive politics,” he said.

The audio clip released by the online newspaper, Peoples Gazzete, was an alleged conversation between Obi and the founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo. The clip has set social media on fire since its release.

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