Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate in the February 25 presidential election, has denied the authenticity of a leaked audio conversation between him and Bishop David Oyedepo, founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide.
The audio allegedly had Obi describing the presidential election as a religious war and asking Oyedepo to help him beg Christians in the South-West and Kwara State to support his ambition.
In a statement he personally signed on Wednesday, Obi refuted the claims made in the audio, stressing that he never referred to the election as a religious war during his campaign.
He also accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of attempting to divert attention from their “blatantly stolen mandate.”
Obi’s legal team has been instructed to take legal action against the online media platform that published the leaked audio.
Obi called on all concerned Nigerians and the international community to implore the APC and the APC-led government to stop their “nasty attacks.”
His focus remains on retrieving his allegedly stolen mandate through peaceful and lawful means.
The challenges facing Nigeria, such as flawed electoral processes, the struggling economy, high unemployment and inflation rates, insecurity, and multi-dimensional poverty, should be the primary focus of everyone, he added.