There is controversy over the actual words of the General Overseer of Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), Ota, Ogun State, David Oyedepo, during the visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the church on Sunday.
There are allegations that the prominent cleric threatened to open the gate of hell on those opposing the president, but there are indications that Bishop Oyedepo never said those opposing the president but those against Nigeria. Members of the church said the Bishop urged the church to pray for peace in Nigeria and a violence-free 2015 polls without any word of campaign for Jonathan.
However, the opposition party, All Progressives Congress, APC and its supporters have taken to the social media to criticise the Bishop.
The APC took to its twitter page to say that “Go and Open the gates of Hell… We will enter there and use our PVCs to CHANGE the Padlock and Lock you inside – APC Supporter”. The party also re-tweet some of the comments of its followers, especially from some of its influencers which castigated the man of God.
Some commentators are also criticising APC for spreading lies against the Bishop while other felt the party do not have the moral justification to condemn Bishop Oyedepo if he actually made the statement since the party celebrated the sermon of Catholic priest, Rev. Mathew Mbaka against the president.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the aides of the president are silent on the issue.