Obi denies giving Christian bodies N2bn to support his presidential ambition
The Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has denied bribing Christian religious bodies under the umbrella of the Christian Association of Nigeria and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria the sum of N2 billion to support his candidacy in the forthcoming presidential election.
Recall that a viral petition allegedly written by one Pastor Frank Onwumere, dated December 15, 2022, and addressed to the CAN President, claimed that the N2bn was disbursed among some “mega-churches” while other denominations were sidelined.
However, the pastor whose name was used to sign the purported petition dismissed it as baseless.
The Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council also debunked the allegations.
Similarly, CAN said it would probe the source of the petition, in which the allegation was made, describing its content as “untrue and malicious”.
Reacting to the accusation while featuring on Channels TV’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Monday evening, Obi said, “I don’t even have N2 billion. What am I giving the clerics that kind of money for?
“They are clerics and should be praying for the progress of the country.”
He added “They should be the ones to even support my campaign with money so that I can emerge (the winner) and not the other way round.
“I have never given N1 to CAN.
“If anybody can trace that I have given the Christian body money before, they should prove me wrong and I will back down from my presidential pursuit.”