2019: Oyedepo speaks on roles in Obasanjo/Atiku reconciliation meeting
Founder of the Living Faith Church (AKA Winners Chapel) Bishop David Oyedepo has reacted to claims that he had become partisan by appearing at a reconciliation meeting between Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his vice, Atiku Abubakar, now the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The outspoken cleric spoke on Sunday in his church in Ota, Ogun State in a sermon titled: “Covenant day of open doors”.
Recall that the bishop had earlier been criticised by some Nigerians for his presence at the reconciliation meeting between both former leaders in Abeokuta last Thursday.
Two other prominent clerics, Hassan Kukah and Ahmad Gumi, who had also been criticised for attending the reconciliatory meeting have also explained why they were in Abeokuta.
However on Sunday, Oyedepo, while he did not directly explain why he was at the parley like his colleagues, said he is an apolitical and peace-seeking leader.
“I have never belonged to any political party and will never belong to one. Wherever parties you are in, that is where I am in. There is no party without winners in it, if you get to any party and you don’t see any winner in it, you better check out of there, even the one that have not being formed winners are there.
“Our goal is to secure the glorious destiny of our nation by paying whatever price it require. I have never taken any dime from any political candidate in my life, I am a mediator. The price of peace is far cheaper than the cost of war so what we are saying is let us talk this over don’t let us exchange blows.
“Let us be mature and be sincere, let’s give chance to reason and let the wicked turn from their wicked ways. We have to do it by appealing to people’s reasoning. Does anybody here want to see war? The 30 months war we fought, the effect keeps lingering, you won’t see war again in the name of Jesus.”
Recall that Oyedepo was pictured on Thursday with other religious leaders who accompanied Abubakar to the residence of Obasanjo who had earlier vowed not to support Abubakar. After the meeting, the Ogun born politician forgave Abubakar and endorsed him for president.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) while reacting however said the endorsement will not stop President Muhammadu Buhari from winning the 2019 presidential election.