The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, commended the leadership style and efforts of the Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose on Saturday in Ado Ekiti, the capital of the state during his tour of states in Nigeria as part of the church’s annual ‘let’s go a fishing” programme.
He said: “Governor Fayose, I must commend you for your leadership style and relentless effort in fighting for the course of the common man in Nigeria”.
He continued, “We thank God for your courage, for your boldness, we thank God for your being willing to take risks so that your people can be protected. You have been a governor who knows when to say enough is enough in defence of his people. And I’m sure you know what I’m talking about and I am sure the world knows. I don’t want to say more than that but be assured that we are praying for you and you will succeed in Jesus name.”
The cleric urged other state governors to emulate governor Fayose’s leadership style by defending their people. A special prayer session was also held, where the cleric prayed that God would grant Governor Fayose all his heart desires and restore all the state’s lost glories.
Fayose could have bribed Mr. Adeboye…
This declaration by the cleric did not sit well with the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State. The party reportedly said it was alarmed that a cleric of Pastor Adebayo’s standing could praise Governor Fayose for his persistent insults and abuses on President Muhammadu Buhari, noting that Pastor Adeboye should be seen as speaking for himself and his comment must not be seen as representing that of the entire members of the RCCG
In a release reportedly issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, December 25, 2016 and signed by the state chairman of the party, Jide Awe, the party alleged that Mr. Fayose could have bribed Mr. Adeboye with huge amount of money to get such endorsement.
Mr. Awe said Governor Fayose is a man that can bribe even an angel of God to endorse the devil, warning Mr. Adeboye to avoid what will make the people of Ekiti rise against him.
The APC said that Mr. Adeboye even chose this period of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to embark on praise singing of a character like Mr. Fayose is to say the least, preposterous.
The party chairman called on members of the RCCG, especially families of the founder, Josiah Akindayomi, to call Mr. Adeboye to order before he destroys the church with his involvement in politics.
He said the pastor must not be allowed to destroy the legacies of the founder of the Redeemed Church and the entire members of the church.
Mr. Awe said Mr. Adeboye should be reminded that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a staunch member of the RCCG and what is expected of the cleric was support for members of his church, not praise singing of Mr. Fayose.
Fani Kayode lambast critics
Former Aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, FFK, reacting to speculation that the cleric may have received bribe from Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State called those making the accusation “scum”. He tweeted,
Those who accuse Pastor Enoch Adeboye of collecting a bribe from Gov. Ayo Fayose simply because he commended the governors courage are scum.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) December 26, 2016
APC denies claim…
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Ekiti chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr. Olajide Awe has described the reports being circulated on social media that he on behalf of the party released a statement condemning Pastor Adeboye’s commendation of Governor Fayose’s leadership skills as a deliberate lie.
Awe said the report is one of the fictitious stories in the name of APC leaders put in the media space by the State government in order to put the opposition in a bad light.
His statement read,
“On many occasions, stories allegedly written by APC either denigrating its own leaders or painting the party in bad light to turn Nigerians against it had been traced to a notorious liar that shares lack of integrity with his boss purporting that APC issued such press releases that never emanated from our party.
“Taiwo Olatunbosun is our party’s Publicity Secretary who always signs all the press releases by any official of our great party, but in this instance, the writer of the purported press release alleged that I wrote to condemn Pastor Adeboye for doing his reverred pastoral job in Ekiti State.
“In recent times, press releases either attacking APC leaders, President Muhammadu Buhari or his wife purporting to be written by APC had found their way to the social media.
“At a time, Fayose’s so-called media man, who has no certificate to back up his purported professional calling in journalism and who never worked in any media organisation all his life, once conducted an interview with himself with denigrating comments on Ekiti people as perpetually hungry people and ascribed the interview to Erelu Bisi Fayemi at the time the woman was far away from Nigeria for almost a month without any contact with Nigerian journalists.
“In each of the cases, Fayose’s media men, who neither have record of integrity nor professionalism, have been found to be behind these lies to set Nigerians against Ekiti APC leaders.
“Fayose and his media aide, Lere Olayinka, are known for guerilla journalism in its hit and run tactics, but Nigerians are no fools, as they understand their lack of depth and professionalism in the practice of journalism.
“We all know that Fayose has no respect for integrity, the same tradition inherent in his media aides’ conduct, but we counsel that Fayose should not drag Pastor Adeboye into Ekiti political ring, as the man cannot allow his integrity to be dragged into the mud where Fayose is king.”
The Ekiti APC Chairman therefore urged Nigerians to see the purported media statement by him as “another story from the propaganda machine of the colony of crooks who found their ways to the seat of power through criminal manipulation of electoral process to earn undeserved victory”.
Rebuttal is an afterthought – PDP
Spokesperson of the PDP in the State, Mr Jackson Adebayo, in a statement on Monday, has reportedly described the statement credited to the State chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Mr Jide Awe, disparaging the person and image of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye as a demonstration of the devilish mind-set of the party and height of political rascality.
Mr Adebayo, described the rebuttal issued late on Sunday, by the APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun as an afterthought, adding that; “The APC in Ekiti State has strong history of political intolerance such that anyone not with them must be condemned at all cost.”
“Jide Awe and his cohorts should seek forgiveness from God for speaking negatively against God’s anointed and desist from seeing whoever that is not on the same page with them politically as one that does not deserve to live.”