Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had paid the sum of N6 billion as bribe to some pastors in the country to ensure that they campaign against the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Amaechi made the allegations on Tuesday, February 3, during an APC governorship rally in the Emohua Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said further that after the clerics collected the bribe, they began to spread propaganda against Buhari claiming that he plans to Islamize Nigeria.
“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,” Amaechi said.
“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,” he added.
“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,” Amaechi continued.
Amaechi, who is the Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, also said that the PDP’s claims were false because Nigerians were too enlightened for the country to be Islamized.