Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Prophet jailed for multimillion-naira fraud endorses Tinubu

A Celestial Church of Christ pastor, Israel Ogundipe, said he would be a bastard if he supported a candidate from another tribe.

• September 12, 2022
Bola Tinubu and Pastor Israel Ogundipe 2
Bola Tinubu and Pastor Israel Ogundipe

Israel Ogundipe, senior pastor of the Celestial Church of Christ (CCC), Genesis global parish, has pledged his support for Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 presidential election. 

Mr Ogundipe, who was jailed for multimillion-naira fraud in November 2020, is the latest public personality to join the Tinubu camp on the basis of tribal affiliation.

The clergyman says he would be a bastard if he supported a candidate from another tribe. 

“I support Tinubu. You like it or not, I don’t care. You know me, I am not afraid. You know why? Because if I see another Yoruba person I will support. That is the only Yoruba person I am seeing.

“Hear me, journalists, if you want to write, write. If you want to attack me, attack me. I am not a bastard,” Mr Ogundipe said while addressing his congregation on Sunday. 

The 48-year-old preacher was convicted in November 2020 of stealing, obtaining money under false pretence, forgery, and unlawful conversion of property.

He was discovered to have fraudulently collected N14 million and £12,000 in various tranches from his victim, Oladele Williams-Oni. 

The court sentenced him to one year jail term and ordered him to refund the sum of N11 million to his accuser, Ms Williams-Oni. 

Mr Ogundipe appealed the high court judgement and also filed a bail application pending the hearing of the appeal which was granted on grounds of ill health.

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Adams Oshiomhole Photo Credit Channels


Oshiomhole says Buhari “huge electoral asset” to Tinubu after detaching campaign from regime’s failures

Mr Oshiomhole said Mr Buhari will garner support for the APC presidential candidate across the country.

Bola Ahmed Tinubu [Credit: BAT]

Heading 2

2023: Tinubu warns Nigerians against voting ‘another mistake’ into power

Mr Tinubu urged the people to be “wise and discerning” as they prepared to choose the country’s next president, in the 2023 general election.

Karim Benzema


I want more, Benzema says after picking hattrick awards in one day 

Benzema won the La Liga Santander Pichichi Trophy, Di Stefano Trophy and the Hyundai Supporters’ MVP Trophy.

Tinubu Support Group


Tinubu, Shettima absent as support groups flag off APC presidential campaign in Abuja

Majority of Tinubu Support Organisations thronged the venue in their numbers bearing all manners of placards and banners.

Hot news Home top

Trigger-happy naval operatives open fire on journalist, humanitarian workers on Ondo waterways

The journalists and the officials were on their way from a free medical outreach in the riverine communities when they were attacked at Odofado.

Atiku Abubakar (Credit: AA)


Atiku calls for unity among PDP stakeholders for success in 2023

He promised to address Nigeria’s numerous challenges, if eventually elected as Nigeria’s president in 2023.