Deputy governors of Abia, Ebonyi, Kano, Sokoto and Taraba States have rejected a prophecy purportedly released by Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, the Spiritual head of INRI Evangelistic Spiritual Church.
The self-acclaimed prophet had in the prophecy said the four deputy governors would have issues with their principals (governors) before the end of their tenure.
An online news platform had at the weekend published the prophecy in which the cleric made certain wild assertions concerning the future of these politicians.
But in a swift reaction, Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr Kelechi Igwe, who reacted on behalf of other deputy governors, described the publication as an outright falsehood designed to create rancour and disaffection in the polity.
In a statement he issued on behalf of his other colleagues, Igwe faulted the cleric on his prediction and accused him of concocting prophecies that had no foundation in reality.
“Ordinarily, we would have ignored this so called prophecy but doing so could create the impression that we believe him or that that he should be taken seriously.
“We make bold to state that this prophecy like the ones before it are fallacies meant to create tension, rancour and unnecessary friction in the polity.
“We vehemently reject this so called prophesy which in our own estimation is nothing but a figment of the imagination of the man who released it.
“We all have had and still have very good working relationship with our bosses in our various states and do not see any reason for the predicted crisis.
“We urge the government and the good people in our various states to ignore Primate Elijah Ayodele for he knows not what he is saying or doing.
“Primate Ayodele could not have heard from God because he has been in the business of releasing false prophecies at every turn in the politics of Nigeria and the world.
“It was he who predicted that President Goodluck Jonathan would win the 2015 presidential election; it was he who predicted that Governor Nasir el-Rufai will not win the governorship election in Kaduna State last year and it was the same man who recently predicted victory for Hilary Clinton, the Democratic Party candidate in the just concluded presidential election in the United States,” he said.
Igwe said with the series of failed prophecies emanating from Ayodele, he should be hiding his face from God and the general public, adding that he lacked the credibility to utter any further “gibberish” in the name of prophesy.