God is using me to expose Apostle Suleman, says Stephanie Otobo
The adultery scandal between the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry (OFM) Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman and his alleged estranged mistress, Stephanie Otobo, took another stormy turn last weekend, with the appearance of a new online video in which the velte club stripper in an interview with Canada-based Worship Media displays UBA bank statements of alleged payments made by the cleric to her account in 2015.
If anything, the new revelation is an indication that the bitter feud is not ending soon, despite a pending libel suit by the cleric against his supposed trademark, according to the Sun Newspaper.
The Suleman-Otobo affair is the latest episode of Sex and Men of God soap opera since the fall of televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.
The trial of Apostle Suleman is similar in plot to that of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) founder, Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, who in 2013 was accused of a fling by an ex-member of the church, Ese Walter.
Other popular Pentecostal leaders hitherto, associated with supposed sexual misconducts include Believers Love World Ministry’s Pastor Chris Oyakhilome who in 2014 was dogged by such rumours, which his wife of many years cited as irreconcilable differences that forced her out of their marriage and Pastor Sunday Adelaja, Founder and Senior pastor of the Embassy of God church in Kiev, Ukraine, traduced in 2016 of adultery with 20 women of his congregation. They all denied the accusations.
Suleman’s predicament began early in the year when Otobo’s lawyer, Festus Keyamo, wrote to the cleric to demand N500 million damages for his client on account of an alleged breach by Suleman who, instead of fulfilling his promise to marry her, jilted her, and shrewdly aborted her pregnancy. The controversy deteriorated with the arrest of the Ontario, Canada-based musician in a Lagos bank on March 3. After her bail on March 9, 2017, Otobo went on the offensive. She has since been having a field day regaling the public with explicit accounts of their supposed dalliance.
Apostle Suleman––consistent in his denial of any involvement with the Canada-based stripper whom he accused of abusing his altruism––draws a huge support from his church and his wife, who has released a “My Hero” music video for him. He also enjoyed a rare support of an unlikely politico, outspoken Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who termed the controversy a political witch-hunt.
Indeed, critics have faulted the timing of the scandal, which came on the heels of the cleric’s controversial comments against reckless and indiscriminate killing of Christians in Southern Kaduna.
Many regard the unfurling “Otobogate” a political machination, especially, against the backdrop of the encounter between the Auchi-based clergyman and the Department of State Services (DSS) over his herdsmen comment.
Charged with the burden of proving beyond reasonable doubt, the substance of her allegation, a turbo-charged Otobo seems to have commenced an all-out battle, firing her first salvoes with the release of the bank transaction details and screenshots of a chat thread between Apple Johnson! and Queen Elena that shows a racy exchange replete with risqué humour. Ms. Otobo promised to release her call logs soon. Still steaming with rage and a burning desire to get the pastor own up, Stephanie in an exclusive interview with Saturday Sun from her base in Canada on Wednesday said it is God using her to expose Apostle Suleman, even as she gave further insights into their alleged relationship.
The Suleman camp – the cleric, church members, lawyer and spokesperson – abstained from commenting on the latest development. Attempts to speak with members of the church in Benin, the Edo State capital, were rebuffed. Saturday Sun reporters who visited a branch of the church at Uwa Road, off Murtala Mohammed Way, were turned away. At another branch, located at WAEC Road, Aduwawa, a church member told them matter-of-factly: “We have been warned not to speak or utter a word on the matter. Please leave the premises.”
We’re in court, can’t comment – Suleman
Osa Director, counsel to the embattled Apostle Johnson Suleman, has dismissed the bank statement purportedly released by Stephanie Otobo that shows payments, allegedly made into her account by the man of God.
Speaking with Saturday Sun, the lawyer observed it is prejudicial to comment on a case already in a court of competent jurisdiction. According to him, they are not going to join issues with her in the media.
Stephanie Otobo released a bank statement showing payments allegedly made into her account by Apostle Suleman as a proof that there was a relationship between her and the man of God. What do you say to this?
I have not seen any bank statement that she purportedly released, because I have been in Port Harcourt for the African Bar Association meeting.
On this, we have already filed a suit against her, and so what she did was to further commit other libel, which is actionable and also contempt of court.
It will be prejudicial for me to start making statements as regards the substance of an issue that is already before a court of competent jurisdiction. We have filed a case against her at Ikeja High Court, asking for N1b damages.
Considering the damage already done to the reputation of the man of God, don’t you think it is prudent to consider out-of-court settlement to end the matter?
- Settle with who? You only settle with somebody that you have transaction with. We don’t have any transaction with her, so we cannot do any settlement, apart from the settlement by court of justice, and that is where we are going.