The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 25th February 2023 Elections, Peter Obi, has distanced himself from a purported audio recording of a telephone conversation between him and the Presiding Bishop, of Living Faith Church, David Oyedepo.
He described the audio recording as a product of the endless forgeries peculiar to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Head, Obi Datti Media Office, Diran Onifade made this known in Abuja, on Sunday, where he warned against APC’s desperate bid to grab and retain power using deceptions.
The trending audio contains an alleged conversation between Peter Obi and Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church in which the LP candidate was purported to have asked the cleric to mobilize support for him ahead of the disputed election.
“It appears the All Progressives Congress’ desperation to grab and retain power by foul means has refused to go away more than a month after they have grabbed the election as they planned,” Onifade stated.
“While we are toeing the constitutional path to retrieve our mandate, those who have truncated the wishes of the majority of Nigerians have recoursed to mischief and endless subterfuge to continue to hold on to what they know does not belong to them.
“From the show of shame in Port Harcourt to the drama in the Ibom Air aircraft, both of which they contrived, they have now moved to the circulation of a deep fake audio file aimed at promoting religious tension in the country.
“All these are meant to serve no other purpose than egregious mischief aimed at demarketing Peter Obi. If the goal is to create a credibility problem, the ploy has failed woefully.
“Peter Obi has long been on record as the only presidential candidate who has urged the Nigerian electorate not to vote for him based on religion or tribe.
“We will therefore like to advise our beloved Nigerian people to remain focused on the task to take back the mandate we know was freely given to Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed through legitimate means.
“That is more important than to expect those who ran for election on forged credentials and even fake Bishops to stop faking. They cannot stop being fraudulent because that is who they are.”