Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Jonathan In Secret Meeting With Pastors; Says “Osinbajo Is My Problem”

Culled from Premium Times. Quite interesting.

Apparently ruffled by the momentum generated by the nomination of Yemi Osinbajo, a professor and pastor, as the running mate of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress [APC], Muhammadu Buhari, President Goodluck Jonathan is asking a group of Pentecostal pastors to help him avert what he fears could be a loss in next month’s presidential polls.


Mr. Osinbajo, a prominent cleric with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, law professor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN] emerged APC’s presidential running mate last month giving President Jonathan and the ruling party, PDP, what sources described as sleepless nights.

Specifically last Thursday, the President held a meeting in Abuja, with a number of Pentecostal pastors led by Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, with the main agenda being how to fashion out ways to solve the “Osinbajo” problem.

Sources at the meeting confirmed that President Jonathan confessed in a rather rattled and humbling manner that “Osinbajo is my problem”.

According to those at the meeting, the President added that “everything was okay until APC picked Osinbajo”.

The APC picked Mr. Osinbajo as vice presidential candidate just as the PDP was busy branding APC as an Islamist party and describing Mr. Buhari as a religious fundamentalist, allegations APC leaders have consistently dismissed as unfounded, baseless and a scare tactic by the PDP.

Many observers say APC’s nomination of a prominent Pentecostal pastor from the fastest growing church in Africa may have effectively doused such speculations and the attempt to label the party as one with an islamization agenda.

There has been a rather conscious attempt to make next month’s presidential polls a religious one especially in the Southern part of the country where there is a much larger Christian population, observers say.

At the meeting organized by the Executive Secretary of the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) John Kennedy Okpara, President Jonathan poured out his mind that running against a leading Pastor of the RCCG, who is also known to be very close to the much reverred General Overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, is an uphill task.

Sources at the meeting said Mr. Jonathan was ruffled and much distracted as he confessed to the challenge the APC naming of Mr. Osinbajo as Mr. Buhari’s running mate is posing to his reelection.

In response, the Pastors, led by Bishop Oyedepo, assured the President at the meeting that they would, “starting from today,” use every device possible including social media, the pulpit and influence peddling, to campaign in support of President Jonathan and against the Buhari-Osinbajo ticket.

Before the meeting with the President, sources said the pastors held a meeting on the same day to strategize and agree on how and what they would present  to the president.
At that pre-meeting, some Pentecostal pastors suggested that they use the opportunity of the meeting afforded by the President to express their genuine fears on growing insecurity in the North with Boko Haram killing and attacking Christians and other innocent Nigerians.

But Mr. Oyedepo, the most influential pastor at the meeting  rejected the idea, insisting that the meeting was to encourage and strengthen President Jonathan ahead of the elections and not to discuss compelling national issues of concern to majority of Nigerians.

While some of the pastors were shocked and disappointed that Bishop Oyedepo would not allow them to raise important issues bothering most Nigerians, they decided to keep silent not to be seen as spoilsports.

And later after meeting the president, the pastors gathered together again on the same day to device strategies they will use to campaign against Buhari/Osinbajo, with the main scheme being to label the ticket as an Islamist one.

Some of the pastors also suggested that there is need to impress it on Christians that the position of Vice President is not an effective one, and that having a Christian in the post  makes no difference, although the Nigerian constitution and the order of precedence makes the office the next in rank to the president.

Indeed as if implementing the resolution reached at the meeting, members of the Winners Chapel told Empowered Newswire said Mr. Oyedepo has already started using the pulpit to achieve the goals set out at last Thursday‘s  meeting in Abuja.


Some of the members said yesterday, Sunday January 18, Mr. Oyedepo raised a prayer point that an Islamist would not become the President of Nigeria in the coming to the chagrin of many of the church attendants on Sunday.

44 comments:

  1. I guess this is turning to desperation oo











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    NDB

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    1. @Good luck... Don't worry u are our Valentine


      @Galore

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  2. Pastors should be neutral in politics. If they use pulpit to campaign for someone, it WNT WORK. THEY ARE NOT GOD.

    @iyke via Airtel SIM

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  3. So Osinbajo is a problem

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  4. Ladun, NEXT!!!!!!

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  5. Their plans as been scattered. They want to capitalise on religious ground.

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  6. RELIGIOUS LEADERZ SHOULD STAY OFF POLICTIC FOR CHRIST SAKE!

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  7. Hmmm is getting intresting as the day pass,and why will bishop oyedepo be there pls sir exclude ur self and mentain ur respect as osibanjo and bakare have sold there own?so osibanjo is ur problem what a nite dream.

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  8. Na wa ooo may God 4give all of dem

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  9. Only the old thieves and the young fools will vote for PDP. Don't let ur pastor's deceive u,it is a trap, Goodluck is a devil and same is oyedepo, how will APC be an islamist party when Osibanjo is a well know christian and very intelligent, use ur brains people don't be fooled

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  10. What is this Bishop Oyedepo even up to self. Christians hating other Christians. Ain't you supposed to be neutral since the major issue on ground is politics-laden? And even I don't even think GEJ attends his church. So what will be now his gain if he works against a very renowned pastor-colleague? You better think twice Bishop, you better do. Adiye N je ifun ara won.

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  11. Well it is all politics. The smart people in APC saw a loop hole in their party and fixed it by bringing a strong Christian (A pastor in one of the largest churches in Nigeria). GEJ you should be worried because the man is an upright man so you have nothing to use against him and his also a Yoruba man which made him popular in the west. Thus the majority in the west and the north are not on your side.

    Having said that, i hate to see church meddling with politics. The church should not be used to play politics. It is very wrong to support these looters


    Human Being No Be God

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  12. Bishop be careful, don't compromise your stance. I don't believe oyedepo can Stoll to this point of shame though. I trust him to be wiser and wiser and wiser. Or else, all the blood of BH victims will be on his head. Can he pls tell Nigerians just one thing Jonathan has done positively to the advantage of the poor and down throden..NOTHING. If this statement is true about him. Then I seize to recon with his person forever.!!!

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  13. Mr. President your problem is CORRUPTION I have never seen a confused and deceptive person like GEJ, so you are still blaming people, oh you still think in your subconscious mind that Nigerians like you? I voted you the last time but this time... SAY BUHARI

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  14. Hahahahahahaha. This is laughable. All you down grading Buhari over qualification should compare Osibanjo's to Jonathan's.
    There's different between a Dr and a Prof. Abi na lie?!

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  15. When God will deal with all these so called pastors, they will know what time it is.

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  16. You aint seen anything yet. #EndTimeTinz

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  17. The fear of Osibajo is the beginning of GEJ losing



    Desperate politicians

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  18. Only God knows the best, all we need is a change..... 5 Nights of Glory.

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  19. Politics and religion are two different things. Christ followers are not part of this world so therefore anything that entails this world like politics and forces should not mixed

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  20. Shame to all Pentecostal pastors
    Will they use God's name to avert the fear of Osibajo? What a big shame

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  21. God is on the throne

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  22. Any evil plan against APC will never be prosper

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  23. GEJ the desperado



    #GEJ#Osinbajo#APC/PDP#pastor#

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  24. Pastor should stay away from politic. They should Concentrate on prayer for the country than melding in politic.

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  25. I am highly disappointed in this man. He does not worth being the president

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  26. Interesting!!!!! Osibanjo,Akere Koro fun ra e..GEJ pls shut up and go honourably,u for jejely surrender before feb 14th..

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  27. I find it unbelievable dat bishop oyedepo wud do this...

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  28. Im surprised that I am the only one who doesnt believe this story one bit. This is pure propaganda and looks more like the story is to taint the image of Oyedepo. Bull crap!

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    1. Real bull crap my broda, and d gullible ones on dis blog r swallowing it hook, line n sinker. Smh

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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

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  30. Osinbanjo does not have any political weight, and Jona will never say that osinbanjo is his problem Christians are not divided we will vote who our conscience say we should vote for but majority will not vote for a sharia man

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  31. D earlier most of this Christians will understand that nobody needs u in islam,d beta for them,islam has enough people already so who needs u

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  33. If this true. It's so disappointing. Don't forget religion cannot split the west

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  34. Ladun this is the first time I will be commenting on your blog and I am so disappointed in you. You should take time to verify your sources. I attend winners chapel and I was in church this said day and I quote Bishop Oyedepo " he said we xtians can't be praying for peace while some selected few hold the whole nation to ransom that we should get our pVC to use as apoint of contact to prayerfully select our leaders". I attend his church but I will rather not vote than vote for GEJ even if the bishop is standing in front of me.

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    1. You have made no sense mschew

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  35. Bloggers tell unsubstantiated news.
    Cooked up story.
    Mschwew.

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  36. How ar u guyz sure this is even true...

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