Tunde Bakare

General overseer of Citadel Global Community Church, formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has denied reports of him endorsing Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Mr Bakare, in a statement on Friday also denied lambasting the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for their opposition to the Muslim-Muslim ticket adopted by the ruling party.

The cleric was reported on Sunday to have endorsed Mr Tinubu whom he contended the presidential ticket of the APC with.

Reacting to the reported endorsement, the presidential aspirant said the statements credited to him are ridiculous, outright lies and concocted by unscrupulous writers and bloggers.

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“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,” Mr Bakare said. “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!

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“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,” he added.

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