Tinubu Campaign Organisation, TCO, has debunked reports making the rounds that fake bishops were hired to attend the unveiling of Kashim Shettima.
Recall that the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, unveiled Kashim Shettima, a Northern Muslim as his running mate amid controversy surrounding the same fate ticket.
The event had the presence of some unpopular Christian clergymen and women who dressed in cassock like Catholic bishops.
Footages of the clerics who were alleged to be fake bishops are currently trending on all social media apps.
A cross section of Nigerians have continued to knock the ruling party for playing game with Christians amid protests against the choice of Shettima.
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, had in a statement on Wednesday disowned the bishops, saying they are not known bishops and have no church.
CAN challenged APC to reveal names of the fake bishops and the church they are pastoring.
However, in a move to clear the air, the TCO through its Director of Media and Communication, Mr. Bayo Onanuga said the bishops were not hired.
According to him, the clerics are patriotic Nigerians who believe in the unity of the country, stressing that they (bishops) are not big names in Christendom yet but coming up.
He said, “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 Senator Shettima”.
These are the names of the 26 Distinguished Bishops that attended the unveiling of the APC Vice Presidential Candidate Kashim Shettima and their contact number
1)Bishop SAMUEL OKWARA 08030786277,,
2) BISHOP CHUKWUDI EJIEME 08065735952,,
3) BISHOP CHRIS ABRARHAM 08027098038,,
4) BISHOP) DAVID T ABAH. 07043864799 ,,
5) BISHOP CHUKWUEMEKA FRANK 08138452258
6) BISHOP CelinYa OSEGHALE. 08136878251
7) APOSTLE KINGSLEY M.JOSEPH 08036834018
8) BISHOP JEREMIAH JESSE OTUBOR
9) APOSTLE . MARY UDAYI__08063335109
10) BISHOP .GODWIN LIVINUS __ 07061564653
11) APST.FELICIA CHUKWUDI __ 09167549744
12) APST.BONNY .L. SUNNY __08161755481
13) APST.MATHEW OGBU _ _ 07030152965
14) BISHOP FEMI BABALOLA __08106338318
15) APST .OLOTU. Y .___ 07067907753
16) BISHOP CHALES JONES __ 08037474019
17) APST.HENRY MICHAEL ___ 08038126102
18 )APST .EKAPONG UBI __08067850503
19) BISHOP SHEDRACH ___08032830444
20) APST.SAMUEL UJEN __ 08061118616
21) Bishop JULIUS __ 08124179783
22) BISHOP NDUBUISI SAMUEL__ 08034444751
23) BISHOP JAIOLA ___ 08037706748
24) BISHOP LAWRENCE __ 08129515246
25) BISHOP EMEKA ___ 08033735664
26) APOSTLE.DANIEL ___08035077446 08