How Edo pastors shared ‘N7 billion PDP bribe’ – APC

The Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said over 400 clergymen in the state shared money offered as bribe to the Christian Association of Nigeria by the Peoples Democratic Party to support President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 presidential election.

The party, in a statement on Sunday, said some of the pastors drawn mostly from the Pentecostal bloc of the association, got between N50, 000 and N2 million from the N7 billion CAN allegedly received from the PDP and Mr. Jonathan.

It, however, praised the Edo State chairman of CAN, Peter Imasuen, for not participating in the sharing of the largesse.

A Borno-based pastor, Kallamu Musa-Dikwa, recently alleged that President Jonathan, who is also the candidate of the PDP for the March 28 election, gave the Christian body N7 billion to support him.

The clergyman, a former associate pastor with E.Y.N. Church in Maiduguri, said the money was routed through the national secretariat of CAN, which in turn shared N3 million each to its state branches.

Mr. Musa-Dikwa, who is who is the Executive Director, Voice of Northern Christian Movement, spoke in Kaduna a few weeks after the Governor of Rivers State and Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chibuike Amaechi, said the pastors were given N6 billion to back Mr. Jonathan.

The CAN has since denied the allegation.

The APC said on Sunday in the statement by its spokesperson, Godwin Erhahon, that an insider in the Christian body revealed to it at the weekend in Benin City how the money was shared.

It said “over four hundred pastors in Edo State, majority of whom are of the Pentecostal churches, shared from the bribe with some of them getting between five hundred thousand and fifty thousand naira each.”

It added that “a few others from the so-called super churches received as much as two million naira each because they claimed that their churches have more members.”

The party said it was informed that while the national leadership of CAN disbursed N4 billion to its branches, it kept back N3 billion and left an instruction that Catholic churches be left out of the largesse from the PDP

It said some of the bishops in Edo State were dissatisfied with the “greedy manner” their bosses shared the money.

The APC said it could reveal authoritatively that Mr. Imasuen was one of the state chairmen of CAN “who were godly and patriotic enough to reject the bribe which was given to Christian leaders to campaign for President Jonathan and condemn APC Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.”

The party also claimed that one of those who participated in the sharing of the money was already finding ways to make peace with Mr. Buhari.

PREMIUM TIMES could not reach Mr. Imasuen to speak on the APC claim.

However, Mr. Erhahon said on phone, Sunday, that its claim was authentic as some of the clergymen in Edo State confirmed the offering of bribe to the CAN.


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  • amazing2012

    Judas ! They have sold jesus for 7 billion Naira !! You collected bribe for the life of your members.!!! Any one who eat from that money, he has swallow curse for himself and unborn generation.

    • peaceometer

      By the way its a gift of dash, no, its for empowerment. Just like Akpabio’s gift of about 115 million naira to thugs. God

      • amazing2012

        Gift of Dash ? People money ! Wow that is how Christianity is turn to !
        Amos 5:12 ” For I know your manifold tramsgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, THEY TAKE A BRIBE AND TURN ASIDE THE POOR IN THE GAYE FROM THEIR RIGHT” What a shame !

  • Spoken word

    Why are our Clergymen so ungodly.Desmond Tutu and Martin Luther King jnr were religious leaders that brought positive changes to their respective countries.But here religious leaders help to further impoverish the people.As for Jonathan,won’t it be better to spend the country’s money on improving infrastructure instead of wasting it on clergymen and so called regional leaders.Mr President Sir, you have been a failure.

  • Courage+

    It’s such a big shame that the Esau syndrome (feeding your present to starve the future of your posterity) has eaten deep into the moral fabric of church leadership in Nigeria. Whether it’s N7b or N6b or whatsoever amount, the clergy in Nigeria has received financial inducements from politicians. Any minister, pastor, or bishop who says or thinks this is a lie should please come forward and say “I did not collect or share in any form of financial inducement to advance any political cause”. Refusal to publicly dissociate from, or condemn, this despicable act is either cowardice or complicity and sets for your flock a morally weak example of integrity.

    Is it a crime for Nigeria to be peaceful, secure, developed, and truly great? Is it wrong for ordinary Nigerians to have decent roofs over their heads? Is it wrong for the majority of our youth to find gainful employment in their own country? Yet Building a great nation is the responsibility of men, not of angels. Now what manner of men?

  • adekenny

    Jonathan is a bigot,religion fanatic!a liar,killer blackmailer! May GOD deliver us from these evil doing people

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Oya clap for yourself.
      Hope your convulsion is now over.

  • sammyctu ode

    Pastors in robs who are thieves and armed robbers using the pulpits to corrupt themselves. .

  • Mosaku 147

    I just pray my own pastor here in Abuja has not collected this money o.because in the last three Sundays,the guy has been talking somehow somehow.well sha,I am waiting for him to say it directly and then he will meet his Waterloo.

  • KG

    As a friend of mine keeps telling me, many of the pastors form their churches as a means of getting money, it’s just their own way of hustling and its probably a true reflection of what our society in Nigeria is like.

  • amazing2012

    Jonathan is unwise, all these money he is spending I bribe/sin are enough to develop the country by which people will vote for him willingly. He is using church to get votes if the innocents !

  • True Nigerian

    Nigeria has been a rotten country for a long time. The church which was commanded to be the light is also as rotten as the society which it is meant to change. I am a pentecostal. And by the grace of God, I can say, Shame on the Christian leadership in Nigeria. Any pastor, reverend or bishop that knows something about this spiritual criminality of our pastors should come out and expose the lying and criminal clergy men now. Total disgrace for Christianity.

  • taiwo

    story for the gods the janjaweed party is struggling hard to tarnish the image of the christiain community but has shamefully failed woefully

  • Biggest Bravo

    This and many more sins going on in the church and the alter of God, has made God to deliver us into the hands of our enemies to be slaughtered. No matter how they pray, God will never hear them because they wallow in iniquity. May the Lord have mercy on the church and such wicked so called ‘men of God’, and cause them to turn away from evil.