The entire congregation of the International God’s Way Church will vote against the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in December’s general elections for orchestrating the humiliation of its founder and “God’s servant” Bishop Daniel Obinim, the church’s youth wing has threatened.
Bishop Obinim is spending a second straight night in police cells after his arrest on Tuesday August 23 in connection with fraud involving GHS11.6 million.
After the preacher spent Tuesday night in the cells of the Nima Police Station, hundreds of his church members and fans massed up at the station to demand his release. After some frantic effort, the police were able to whisk the controversial man of God away to the police headquarters but the supporters besieged the CID Headquarters to demand that the bishop be released.
However, following the inability of the controversial clergyman to secure bail on Wednesday, the Youth Ministry of the church, in a statement signed by its president Solomon Adeyia, made a fresh demand for the “immediate release” of Bishop Obinim, failing which the estimated 50,000-strong congregation would “embark on a nationwide demonstration against the government”.
The Youth wing also reiterated the pastor’s innocence of the allegations against him. “We are emphatically stating that our Bishop is innocent of the money-doubling fraud [allegation] levelled against him by an unknown complainant. Our Bishop has not received any amount of money…from anybody for doubling. Our Bishop is known for propagating the word of God and is not in any money doubling business.”
In the Youth Ministry’s view, the whole development is a red herring to deflect attention from the release of the Montie Three – Alistair Nelson, Godwin Ako Gunn, and Salifu Maase, aka Mugabe – who were sentenced to a four-month jail term by the Supreme Court on July 27 for scandalising the court and bringing it to public ridicule, but were granted presidential remission after serving only a month of their term.
The statement added: “We want to [lift] the veil shrouding the matter, by empirically stating that what is going on is a well-planned concocted case by the NDC and the government to shift attention of the general public from the shameful release of the Montie Three who were jailed for threatening the lives of judges,” adding that the church found the entire matter “disgraceful” and an attempt by the government to “score cheap political points and cover by lying and humiliating an ordained man of God in police custody”.