Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described the adultery
allegation against Apostle Johnson Suleiman of the Omega Power Ministry by
one Miss Stephanie Otobo as “high level conspiracy meant to destroy the
integrity of the pastor and silence his critical and principled voice of
truth and dissent in a nation fast becoming a one-party state.”
He said; “This was the same way they tried to drag the General Overseer of
the Redeemed Christians Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye
in the mud. The whole world was aghast at how they insulted and ridiculed
the highly-revered RCCG General Overseer. But for the outcry from all over
the world, they almost bundled out Pastor Adeboye from his position as RCCG
General Overseer and could have even arrested the General Overseer of
Winners Chapel, David Oyedepo.”
In a statement issued on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti by his Special Assistant on
Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor declared
unequivocally that; ” I stand by Apostle Suleiman and other men of God
being directly or indirectly persecuted by the All Progressives Congress
The governor said; “their evil plan is to destroy the Church so as to
silence every perceivable strong voice of opposition. And their mode of
operation is to take on every vocal, principled, and popular man of God one
after the other.
“Should it not interest Nigerians and the international community that up
till today, none of those herdsmen that killed thousands of Nigerians in
Benue, Enugu, Delta, Ogun, Plateau and Kaduna States have been arrested?
Even those arrested in connection with the murder n Abuja-based female
pastor, Eunice Elisha have been released.”
Governor Fayose wondered why all the adultery allegations and blackmail
against Apostle Suleiman surfaced only after he spoke out against the
reckless and indiscriminate killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna and
his subsequent encounter with the Department of State Services (DSS).
“This, no doubt, is a continuation of the desperate but despicable and
condemnable attempts to destroy opposition and the voices of reason in this
country so as to subjugate every decent Nigerian and turn the country into
a banana republic.
“After politically subjugating many Nigerians, including a section of the
Judiciary that refused to do their bidding; they have now turned on men of
God, this is condemnable,” the governor said.
Governor Fayose charged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and
other Christian bodies not to stay aloof but to stand up resolutely and
speak out vociferously against what he called “orchestrated attempt to
destroy the Church and respected Church leaders in Nigeria.”
He berated those behind the travails of Apostle Suleiman as confirmed
polygamists, serial adulterers, and others whose holier-than-thou attitude
was sheer hypocrisy.
“Anyone who has a case against any man of God should swear an oath, proceed
to the law court and face the rigours, rather than engage in media trial
and character assassination, which have become the hallmark of this
Governor Fayose wondered why the perpetrators of the wicked scheme against
Apostle Suleiman were not relenting even after the father of the woman
making the wild allegations had punctured her loathsome and outrageous
“The family of Stephanie Otobo has disclaimed her and her claims. Rather
than own up and recant, those paying for the entire drama are making her to
keep changing and modifying her claims, with they all still collapsed like
a pack of cards. All other efforts to enlist other blackmailers against
this man of God have likewise collapsed irretrievably.
“I therefore make bold to say that I stand by Apostle Suleiman. I also call
on all those who believe in me to do likewise and carry the message abroad.
To me, this plot against Apostle Suleiman is madness carried too far.
“One wonders why this same resources and vigour with which Apostle Suleiman
is being blackmailed have not been deployed into confronting those
murderous herdsmen that are slaughtering Nigerians like animals across the country,” Fayose concluded.