- The APC alleges that Governor Ayodele Fayose is behind the media attacks on Pastor Adeboye
- The party claims Fayose is planning to set Nigerians, particularly Christians of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, against the party and its leaders
- But the PDP describes the APC statement dissociating it from attacks on Pastor Adeboye as an afterthought
The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti state has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of sponsoring media attacks against Pastor Enoch Adeboye with intent to blame them on APC.
The party has alleged that Fayose was planning to set Nigerians, particularly Christians of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, against the party and its leaders.
According to Punch, party had a few days ago dissociated itself from media reports that it castigated Adeboye for praising Fayose during the visit by the cleric to the state.
The state APC publicity secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, December 29, that the media attacks on Adeboye is carried out by a gang working for Fayose.
Olatunbosun said the malicious report purportedly by APC followed the same pattern of alleged Fayose’s subterfuge to “criminally” set the public against the party for undeserved public sympathy.
The APC claimed that Fayose’s media aides led by Lere Olayinka, had issued two damaging press releases against Adeboye but ascribed them to the APC.
The party described Olayinka’s alleged actions as a criminal conspiracy to paint the party in bad light to incur the wrath of Redeemed Church members and general public.
He said: “We want to make it plain with all sense of responsibility that APC is not the author of the two press statements as we have utmost respect for men of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye in particular.
“The two press statements bear the footprint of Fayose in his characteristic manner to push fictitious and damaging press releases in the media against individuals and institutions and ascribe them to his opponents to incur public opprobrium.
“Nigerians should remember that this same Fayose criminally printed posters in Chief Afe Babalola’s name in 2005 purporting that the innocent elderstatesman wanted to contest election against him, hence the incessant criticisms of his government by the innocent Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
However, the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti has described the APC statement dissociating it from attacks on Pastor Adeboye as an afterthought.
The PDP claimed that Awe, who criticised the cleric, only recanted his statement when he saw the public outcry against his reckless statement about Adeboye.