A Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) pastor, Lawrence Bayode, who was brought as a witness by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), caused a small commotion at the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja. Instead of swearing under oath using the Holy Bible, Lawrence Bayode, who is both an INEC Director of ICT and an RCCG pastor, declined to do so.
Ejes Gist News reports that Lawrence Bayode testified that only 31% of the results had been uploaded before Mahmood Yakubu fraudulently declared Tinubu as the winner. Additionally, the RCCG pastor, Lawrence Bayode, who refused to swear on the Holy Bible, explained to the court that he couldn’t read INEC’s certified copies of the IREV Results due to them being blurred. It should be noted that INEC had already concluded its case against the Labour Party with only one witness.
Meanwhile, Nigerians have reacted with mixed opinions;
“Ladies and Gentlemen….. The Pastor of RCCG that INEC presented as the witness refused to swear with the Holy Bible… 😂 😂 😂…. Amadioha.
“Lawrence Bayode is the Director of ICT at INEC. He is a pastor in RCCG as well. But he refused to swear under oath with the Holy Bible. That’s not all. Lawrence testified that only 31% of results had been uploaded before Mahmood Yakubu fraudulently declared Tinubu as the winner..
“There is more. Lawrence told the court that he could not read INEC’s certified copies of IREV Results, because they are blurred. INEC & Tinubu/Shettima’s lawyers have so far failed to tell the court how Tinubu was declared the winner.”
FOCUS ON THAT because Mahmood Yakubu must go to jail.
“His refusal to swear on the Bible raises serious questions about the credibility of his testimony, given his “calling”. Also raises pretty serious questions about the role played by senior figures in the RCCG in this and previous elections involving Tinubu and his political parties. When you consider that his wife, Oluremi Tinubu, is an RCCG pastor, things begin to come into sharper focus.”
“I have generally taken limited notice of proceedings at the #PEPT until today. @inecnigeria’s 1st witness was Dr. Lawrence Bayode, a pastor with RCCG. This pastor is so Godly, he refused to do his witness oath on the Bible, choosing instead to affirm. #Izokai….!
— Chidi Odinkalu, CGoF (@ChidiOdinkalu) July 4, 2023
“RCCG keeps giving us back to back.
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From Osibanjo to Remi Tinubu, to Dayo Isreal, and now a pastor who openly asked not to be called a Pastor so he can lie on behalf of @inecnigeria and defend the fraud they all committed on February 25.
Only God knows those that are truly his. pic.twitter.com/a1qy1cQvL6
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— Akwa Ibom 1st Son 🇿🇲 (@elonchorch) July 4, 2023
“The below is a picture of Pastor Lawrence Bayode, the RCCG pastor who denied his pastoral title while serving as witness to criminal INEC at the ongoing presidential election tribunal. He boldly asked not to be referred to as a PASTOR! pic.twitter.com/0oAG1FHKix”
— Engr. Shaibu (@engr_shaibu_) July 4, 2023
“How did INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu come up with a Result that Favored Bola Tinubu when more than half of the result is not readable – Lawyers”
She’s 19 • Festus Keyamo Chicago state University • RCCG • PEPT • JAMB • QR Code • IREV pic.twitter.com/GPDU4odlBL
— Arch Angel Jesse Halliday 🇳🇬 🇬🇧 (@AaJessehalliday) July 4, 2023
“Some INEC RECs, Polling Unit Agents in Lagos and the whole of the SW, VP under Buhari during the election and many more were all RCCG members.”
“RCCG contributed more significantly that we are willing to admit to installing a drug baron in asorock.”
All we need is pay attention to…
— 👁 (@Ollawaski) July 4, 2023
“Today At the PEPT; A Pastor was called as a Witness for INEC in Court and He refused to Swear On the Bible. 😭🤭🤣
— SizZzle. 😎🇳🇬 (@n6oflife6) July 4, 2023
“This is Lawrence Bayode, one of INEC witnez at the PEPT.
Shocking fact; he’s RCCG pastor. Yes redeem as usual.
Just imagine what so called men of God ar doing to their country. He’ll stil Mount the podium to preach to the disciples. Oh God the church is finish.”
— THE NEW APC NATIONAL CHAIRMAN (@DEMAN004) July 3, 2023
Finally, INEC couldn’t get more witnesses to testify … The two that previously agreed ended up not showing up.