The General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Tuesday, July 19, denied meeting with the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Telescope.ng reports that the church in a statement on Tuesday said Adeboye was under the authorities of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, adding that he would not speak “on behalf of Christians on issues regarding policies”.
This is even as the leadership of the APC announced that Tinubu’s running mate, Senator Shettima, would be presented on Wednesday at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, amid rumour of a protest by aggrieved party members and religious bodies.
Adeboye’s clarification took the wind out of speculations making the round on social media platforms and online media.
Reports had filtered in earlier than Tinubu had surreptitiously led a delegation to see the RCCG overseer on Sunday at the Redemption Camp in Ogun state.
The report claimed that Sunday’s meeting with the cleric was in line with the party’s proposed consultation to appease aggrieved religious leaders and bodies like the Christians Association of Nigeria.
The Lagos State APC chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi, had told our correspondent five days ago that there are plans by the former Lagos State governor and the party to engage with aggrieved stakeholders including CAN.
Ojelabi strongly believed that reconciliation and sustained enlightenment campaign would help assuage frayed nerves ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He said: “Tinubu and the party will engage all stakeholders on the need to really play down on this issue of religion and think of the future of our country ahead of the 2023 general elections,” he said.
“I can tell you that it has started already. Tinubu is a very liberal person. He is not far from these Christian leaders. He is closer to them than most people know. It is just a matter of reaching out to them to explain the situation of things and the need to give him the opportunity to turn the country around for good.”
It, therefore, did not come as a surprise when news filtered in on Tuesday that the APC presidential candidate had met with Adeboye at the Redemption Camp on Sunday.
As the report gained currency on social media platforms, the church department issued a disclaimer hours later, debunking the speculation and saying the cleric Adeboye would never endorse any candidate for the 2023 general elections.
The statement partly reads: “This is to inform the general public that Pastor E.A. Adeboye is under the authority of God, the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and as such, will not speak on behalf of Christians on issues regarding policies.”