Pastor Tunde Bakare, general overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly Latter Rain Assembly, has refuted claims that he has endorsed Bola Tinubu for president of the All Progressives Congress. He has also criticized the Christian Association of Nigeria for speaking out against the APC’s decision to field a Muslim-Muslim ticket in the 2023 presidential election and the contentious presence of “clergymen” at Kashim Shettima’s announcement as the party’s vice
Bakare called the words attributed to him “concocted and absurd” and blamed “unscrupulous writers and bloggers” for them in a statement headlined “Refutal: The statements reported to me are plain lies.”
Bakare challenged anyone with evidence that he actually made the statements credited to him to make the evidence public.
“Amongst other things, I was quoted to have said that the ?agitations by the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, were ploys by the opposition party, PDP, to force a weak candidate on APC. In addition to this, I was alleged to have said that CAN wanted to lure APC into presenting a weak candidate.
“The spurious writers also alleged that I stressed that Christians are righteous people who behave like Christ, and that CAN are politicians who behave like PDP.
“As if the poorly strewn lies were not enough, I was quoted as saying that Tinubu is my candidate.
“Isn’t this the same Tinubu that I announced to all and sundry at the APC Presidential Convention that I was not stepping down for? He has suddenly become my candidate!
“I wish to state unequivocally that the statements are absolute lies. There was nowhere I granted anyone any interview, or preached on any platform, where I said the ludicrous statements.
“I challenge anyone who is in possession of the video or audio file of the statements to please put it in the public space.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I am a nation builder who will not in any way create real or imaginary division among the people of our great country, through the medium of political parties or religion.”