I've never given CAN N1 before - Obi
Peter Obi, the Labour Party's presidential candidate, has distanced himself from the alleged claim that he gave N2 billion to Christian religious bodies under the umbrella of the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria to support his candidacy in the February 25 presidential election.
On Monday evening, Obi made the revelation while speaking on Channels TV's 'Politics Today' program.
On Sunday, Nigerianwatch reported that a viral petition addressed to the CAN President was allegedly written by one Pastor Frank Onwumere and dated December 15, 2022.
The petitioner allegedly claimed that the N2 billion was divided among a few "mega-churches," leaving other denominations out.
Reacting to the accusation, the CAN said it would probe the source of the petition, in which the allegation was made, describing its content as "untrue and malicious".
Meanwhile, the Obi-Datti campaign organization and the pastor whose name was used to sign the alleged petition have both dismissed it as unfounded.
"I don't even have N2 billion," Obi said in response to the allegation. What am I giving the clerics so much money for?
"They are clerics, and they should be praying for the country's progress."
The LP presidential candidate added that the clerics' followers are suffering from bad governance and can only benefit good leadership by voting for him, adding, "They should be the ones to even support my campaign with money so that I can emerge (the winner) and not the other way round.
"I've never given CAN N1.
"If anyone can prove that I have previously given money to the Christian body, they should prove me wrong, and I will withdraw from my presidential bid," he added.
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