Rumour has emerged that the outgoing Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan’s bid to fellowship at Deeper Christian Life Ministry during the presidential election campaign was bluntly turned down by the pastorate of the church.
If we recall, President Jonathan, worshiped in most churches across the country before the March 28 presidential election, however, it was learnt that he was denied entry into Deeper Life, when he wrote authorities of the ministry to inform them of his visit last January.
The Special Adviser to Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abata had on January 22, written the authorities of the church through the office of its spokesman, Pastor Segun Babatope to inform them about his visit.
The insider, Babatope received a negative respond from the church authorities as many of them kicked against it, saying that the ministry is not a platform where politicians come to campaign.
Jonathan was originally billed to visit Deeper Life on February 8 after leaving Redemption Camp, but he had to proceed to the Lord’s Chosen when he discovered the church was not ready to welcome him.
The source disclosed that the church’s decision to honourably turn down the request was because of how some sections of media misquoted Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel during Jonathan’s visit to the church.
The Bishop was quoted as threatening to open the gate of hell to anybody who campaigned against Jonathan.
The alleged statement triggered social media war as many were lambasting the preacher for using his church to campaign for politicians. However, Oyedepo denied making such statement.
Furthermore, the source said, “Leadership of the ministry was very careful not to allow politics or politicians dent the image of the church or pastor Kumuyi. The presidency had invited him severally for meetings with the president, but he would wave it aside.
“When Abati wrote the church to inform them about Jonathan’s visit, precisely January 22, the church leaders deliberated upon it and decided to turn it down”.
Asked if Kumuyi was aware of the decision, the insider said, “of course, but he has no final say. Though he founded the church, he does not decide how such thing is being handled. He had to allow leaders of the church to handle it. And when it became obvious that they were not ready to welcome the president, Daddy Kumuyi had to accept their decision”.