The Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II, has reacted to the alleged leaked discussion between Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi and Bishop David Oyedepo, General Overseer of the Living Faith Church International, nicknamed Winners Chapel.
Earlier, news outlets reported an alleged leaked phone call between Obi and Oyedepo in which the voice purported to be that of the former Anambra State Governor urged Oyedepo to assist him obtain votes from Christians in South-West and Kwara States.
The voice claimed on the audio to have visited Olofa, who he said told him that presidential hopefuls had never visited him.
In a statement written by his Principal Private Secretary, Olayinka Kadri, the Olofa stated that his name was “wrongly connected with political mudslinging and intrigues.”
He 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.”