Joseph Odaudu, one of the supposed bishops at the unveiling of Kashim Shettima as vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, has revealed that the party promised him N100,000 to act as a Christian leader.
Odaudu said he was at the car park behind Eagle Square on Wednesday when someone approached him with the offer, according to People’s Gazette.
“They came to meet us at the car park behind Eagle Square and they promised to give me N100,000. They bought food for us and took us to another place where they gave us clothes to dress like Christian leaders and reverend fathers,” Odaudu was quoted to have said.
“But after we finished, they only gave me N40,000 and another person said they got only N30,000. I don’t know why they changed our agreement, because they said they had N100,000 for us.”
The impostor, who identified himself as a Bola Tinubu supporter, said his act was only meant to show that Christians were also supporting Tinubu.
“No law was broken. We only tried to show Nigerians that Christians are solidly behind Asiwaju Tinubu,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. Patrick Alumuku, the spokesman of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja, had earlier said the bishops who appeared in the photos circulating online were not the church’s representatives.
Alumuku said that Tinubu’s campaign team hired fake bishops to attend the event.
“We have seen the photos circulating online. They are not Catholic bishops. The Catholic Church did not send any representation to the event held today by Bola Tinubu and his running mate, Kashim Shettima,” he was quoted to have said.
“If you look at the manner in which the imposters dressed and conducted themselves, you will see they are not Catholic Church officials.”
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had condemned the APC’s decision to field a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 election, saying it was unsuitable for the current situation in the country.