The Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday accused the Peoples Democratic Party of bribing some Christian leaders in the country with N6billion to campaign against the All Progressives Congress and its presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Amaechi made the claim at the APC governorship rally in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Having collected the said amount, Mr. Amaechi who is also the Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, maintained that some Christian leaders started promoting propaganda to the effect the APC and Mr. Buhari would Islamise Nigeria if elected in the forthcoming election
He urged the said pastors to return the money to government coffers, adding that the Christian faith had been turned into a business enterprise.
He said, “Some pastors collected N6bn and they are circulating document and telling you not to vote for an Hausa man; not to vote for a Muslim; that they want to Islamise Nigeria. Tell them to return our N6bn.
“They gave them N6bn; they should return it to the Federal Government coffers. They will tell you that Buhari wants to Islamise Nigeria; tell them we are too educated.
“I am a Catholic, but no Catholic priest has told me that story right now in the Catholic Church because I will ask him how? If any pastor tells you that, tell him to return the money.
“Nobody can Islamise Nigeria; they have commercialised Jesus Christ. They should stop commercialising Jesus Christ. He is our Lord and Saviour. You know what Jesus Christ did in the temple; he chased them away.
“We shall chase away those pastors who have collected money from PDP to tell us lies. We shall chase them away on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The governor however said Nigerians are too enlightened for any political party or an individual to change Nigeria to a Muslim country.
At the rally, he said the forthcoming elections in Rivers State would be a referendum about him and President Goodluck Jonathan.
“I told the President that the election in Rivers State is a referendum between him and me. I told him anywhere I go, I will show what I have done. Let him show what he has done,” Mr. Amaechi siad.