A group, New Generation Leaders, NGL, has warned Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri, and his Chief of Staff, Peter Akpe, against dragging the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, and its Founder, Pa Enoch Adeboye, into politics ahead of the November 11 governorship election in the state.
The Coordinator of NGL in Yenagoa Local Government Area, Comrade Precious Charles Odede, disclosed that Diri and his team had concluded plans to visit Adeboye to solicit the support of the RCCG in the election.
Odede, in a statement sent to DAILY POST, said Akpe was to lead Diri to Adeboye and beg him to prevail on the First Lady, Senator Remi Tinubu, an RCCG pastor, to support his reelection.
He said, “I have on good authority plans by the Diri government to solicit Pa Adeboye’s support.
“We understand Peter Akpe, Chief of Staff to the governor is trying to broker a meeting between Governor Diri and Pa Adeboye in Lagos. It is expected that Pa Adeboye will in turn prevail on the first lady, H.E Senator Remi Tinubu, who is also an RCCG pastor to support Diri on sentimental grounds”.
But Odede said the plot would collapse like a pack of cards and recalled how Diri treated Mrs Tinubu with disdain in 2022 when the First Lady, who was then campaigning for the election of her husband, visited Bayelsa to commiserate with victims of the flood disaster in the state.
He said Diri locked Mrs Tinubu out of the Government House in Yenagoa and refused to accord her the courtesy of receiving her.
Odede said: “Unfortunately, our very dear First Lady will not give in to that desperate plot. She remembers too well how Gov Diri locked her out of Creek Haven Gates last year.
”It is also important to note that Pa Adeboye is a father to all and RCCG is a church that isn’t leaning to any political party. We urge the Bayelsa state government to save tax payers monies, shelve the Lagos trip and focus on the task of governance.”