They promised N100k but gave N40k, man who posed as bishop at Shettima’s unveiling speaks
One of the bishops that graced the unveiling of Kashim Shettima as the running mate of presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said they were promised N100,000 to pose as clergymen.
Photos from the unveiling sparked angry reactions on social media after the Christian Association of Nigeria denied knowing the men who dressed in cassocks for the event.
One of the bishops has now confessed that they were hired to pose as clergymen, adding that he only got N40,000 out of the N100,000 they were promised.
“They came to meet us at the car park behind Eagle Square and they promised to give me N100,000. They bought food for us and took us to another place where they gave us clothes to dress like Christian leaders and reverend fathers,” Mr Odaudu told The Gazette.
“But after we finished, they only gave me N40,000 and another person said they got only N30,000. I don’t know why they changed our agreement because they said they had N100,000 for us.
“I am a Christian and I am supporting Tinubu but I hate when people lie and fail to deliver on their promises,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mr Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Communication, Tinubu Campaign Organisation in a statement on Thursday, said the clergymen were not fake as was being speculated on social media.
“We want to say that those clergymen were not fake, not mechanics or yam sellers as the purveyors of hatred have made Nigerians to believe in the social media.
“They are not big names in Christendom yet, they are gradually building up their missions.
“They are Church leaders who genuinely believe that Nigerians must eschew politics of hatred and religious bigotry and rather embrace politics of peace and nation building.
“We, therefore, deplore the hysterical twisting of the presence of these men and women in cassocks and the false accusation against our candidates, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Sen. Shettima,” Onanuga said.