ABUJA – Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of doctoring a telephone conversation between him and the Bishop of Living Faith Church, David Oyedepo.
In the trending audio recording, there is an alleged conversation between Obi and Oyedepo in which the LP candidate was purported to have asked the cleric to mobilise support for him ahead of the election.
In a statement on Sunday by the Head of Obi-Datti Media Office, Diran Onifade, the presidential candidate said the audio recording is a product of the endless forgeries peculiar to the APC.
He said the APC manipulated the audio to promote religious tension.
He said, “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.
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“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 Nigerians electorate not to vote for him on the basis of religion or tribe.”
The statement asked the general public to ignore the APC and its machinations and focus on recovering the mandate given to Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed through legitimate means.
“That is more important than to expect those who ran election on forged credentials and even fake Bishops to stop faking. They cannot stop being fraudulent because that is who they are,” it added.