- The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has said Pastor Enoch Adeboye, its General Overseer, did not meet with APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu
- The church’s Public Relations Office also said Adeboye did not endorse Tinubu or any other presidential candidate and will not do so ahead of the elections
- A media report had claimed that Tinubu met with the respected Christian leader on Sunday, July 17, in a bid to calm the nerves over the APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket
Redemption Camp, Ogun state – The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has issued a disclaimer debunking a purported meeting between its General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
This Day newspaper had, citing an anonymous source, reported that Tinubu and Adeboye met on Sunday, July 17, at Redemption Camp in Ogun state.
The source alleged that Tinubu’s wife, Senator Oluremi was present in the meeting, adding that the closed-door talk was fruitful.
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“He met Adeboye on Sunday. The meeting was very fruitful. He (Adeboye) is not against Muslim-Muslim ticket.”
The report further stated that one of Tinubu’s next steps is to meet the leadership of the Christian Association Nigeria (CAN) on the sensitive issue.
It added that Tinubu has already set up a team of prominent persons with whom he was scheduled to meet Christian leaders in the APC and faith-based organisations like CAN, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), and the Catholic Church.
The aim was allegedly to appeal to these religious bodies and get them to buy into the former Lagos governor’s vision and see reason behind his Muslim-Muslim ticket.
RCCG issues disclaimer
Debunking the claim by made the source quoted by ThisDay, RCCG’s Public Relations Office, in a statement on Tuesday, July 19, noted that such a meeting did not hold.
The statement read:
“It has come to our notice that some news outlets are reporting that a meeting Between Pastor E.A. Adeboye, The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide, and the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was held a few days back at the Redemption Camp where our esteemed father in the Lord was said to have supported the preferred candidature of the party the former governor is a member of.
“This is to inform the general public that Pastor E.A. Adeboye is under the authority of God, the Christian Association of Nigeria, and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, and as such, will not speak on behalf of Christians on issues regarding policies.”
Pastor Adeboye did not endorse any presidential candidate
In the disclaimer posted on its Instagram page, the RCCG also stated that Pastor Adeboye did not endorse any of the presidential candidates for the 2023 elections.
“Pastor E.A.Adeboye and the RCCG have not and will not endorse any candidate for the 2023 General elections in Nigeria,” the statement read.
Note: This report was updated to reflect the reaction of the RCCG
APC announces date to unveil Tinubu’s running mate Kashim Shettima
In another report, Tinubu has scheduled the presentation of his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, for Wednesday, July 20.
The development is coming nine days after the national leader of the party picked the former governor of Borno state as vice presidential candidate.
Shettima will be officially unveiled by 1pm at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja. This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday morning, July 19, by the APC National Organising Secretary, Suleiman Argungu.