The Olofa of Offa in Kwara State, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, has reacted to the controversial purported phone call between Peter Obi and Bishop David Oyedepo in which his name cropped up.
In the viral pre-election phone conversation, a voice that sounded like Obi’s was heard telling Oyedepo of Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners Chapel, to help him get votes from Christians in South-West.
Speaking to Oyedepo, who hails from Omu-Aran in Kwara State, Obi said, “Thank you Daddy. I need you to speak to your people in South West and Kwara, the Christians in South West and Kwara, this is a religious war.”
Responding, the cleric assured the politicians that the results would be favourable.
Obi added, “Fantastic, I went to Kwara and visited Olofa of Offa who told me that nobody had ever come here, with you no problem but the Christian community in Kwara and Niger, and I am also working in Kogi same way.”
In a statement on Sunday, the Olofa of Ofa dissociated himself from partisan politics.
In the statement signed by his Principal Private Secretary, Olayinka Kadri, the first-class monarch said, “Our attention has been drawn to a leaked audio conversation between the Labour Party Presidential Candidate His Excellency, Mr Peter Obi, and the General Overseer of Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) Bishop David Oyedepo which is making the rounds on the internet, and the insinuations from the so-called “exclusive” tape where the name of our royal father was mentioned and wrongly associated with the political mudslinging and intrigues.
“It is pertinent to state here that the throne of Offa Kingdom is a sacred and revered stool which should not be desecrated on the altar of political shenanigans and disinformation.
“The Olofa of Offa who is a highly respected first-class monarch in Kwara State is father to all irrespective of your religious, ethnic, or tribal colouration.
“His desire for unity, peace, and progress of our dear country is unassailable. We hereby condemn this malicious and mischievous anecdote aimed at discrediting the revered stool of the headquarters of Ibolo Kingdom and advise the general public and mischief makers to refrain forthwith from unguarded manipulation of facts and disinformation.
“HRM Oba Mufutau Muhammed Gbadamosi Ajagungbade I Esuwoye II has always welcomed everyone to his domain irrespective of their status with open arms and felicitations, and would continue to do so.”