Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti has declared his support for General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman over the sex scandal the cleric is facing.
According to Premium Times, he made this known in a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
Recall that two weeks ago, one Stephanie Otobo, a Canadian-based singer, who was arrested for allegedly trying to blackmail the cleric, claimed that they were in a sexual relationship. She said that she had gotten pregnant for him at one time, and he put something in her drink that terminated her pregnancy and made her bleed for one year.
She also shared screenshots of alleged video conversations between them. She accused Suleman of breaching his promise to marry her.
Another lady, who identified herself as Queen Esther, and claimed to be a former usher at Suleman’s church also disclosed that she had a sexual relationship with Suleman between 2013 and 2014.
Suleman, who had consistently refuted the allegations, had on Tuesday, through his Communications Director, Phrank Shaibu, alleged that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna is the mastermind of the scandal.
Suleman had condemned the killing of Christians by Fulani herdsmen in Kaduna, adding that his church members should kill any Fulani herdsman who tries to kill them.
When Suleman was in Ekiti for a crusade in January, the Department of State Services (DSS) had stormed his hotel in a bid to arrest him. The cleric called on the governor who came to the hotel and stopped the planned arrest.
Fayose, who wondered why the allegations surfaced after the cleric condemned the killing of Christians, said:
This was the same way they tried to drag the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christians Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye in the mud.
The whole world was aghast at how they insulted and ridiculed the highly-revered RCCG General Overseer. But for the outcry from all over the world, they almost bundled out Pastor Adeboye from his position as RCCG General Overseer and could have even arrested the General Overseer of Winners Chapel, David Oyedepo.
I stand by Apostle Suleiman and other men of God being directly or indirectly persecuted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) cabal.Their evil plan is to destroy the Church so as to silence every perceivable strong voice of opposition. And their mode of operation is to take on every vocal, principled, and popular man of God one after the other.Should it not interest Nigerians and the international community that up till today, none of those herdsmen that killed thousands of Nigerians in Benue, Enugu, Delta, Ogun, Plateau and Kaduna States have been arrested? Even those arrested in connection with the murder of the Abuja-based pastor, Eunice Elisha, have been released.
Anyone who has a case against any man of God should swear an oath, proceed to the law court and face the rigours, rather than engage in media trial and character assassination, which have become the hallmark of this administration.
The family of Stephanie Otobo has disclaimed her and her claims. Rather than own up and recant, those paying for the entire drama are making her to change and modify her claims, which are collapsing like a pack of cards. All other efforts to enlist other blackmailers against this man of God have likewise collapsed irretrievably.
I therefore make bold to say that I stand by Apostle Suleman. I also call on all those who believe in me to do likewise and carry the message abroad. To me, this plot against Apostle Suleman is madness carried too far.