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Winners' Chapel Members of popular church 'divided' over Jonathan's visit

It was gathered that attempts by David Oyedepo  to make some members of his congregation pray for President Jonathan proved abortive as they refused to stand up from their seats to pray

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President Goodluck Jonathan at Winners Chapel on January 25, 2015. play

President Goodluck Jonathan at Winners Chapel on January 25, 2015.

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Reports suggests that some members of Living Faith Ministries (Winners' Chapel), Ota Ogun State, are unhappy with the visit of President Goodluck Jonathan to the church - a visit which has generated controversy so far.

It was gathered that attempts by David Oyedepo  to make some members of his congregation pray for President Jonathan proved abortive as they refused to stand up from their seats to pray.

This did not however stop the prosperity preacher from praying for Jonathan.

President Jonathan, with some of his aides, the Chief of Staff to the President, Jones Arogbofa and the Executive Secretary, Christian Pilgrim Board, Kennedy Okpara, worshipped at the church during its third service after they arrived the church premises in a helicopter.

A P.M. News correspondent who attended the third service of the church which was also attended by the President, his aides and politicians in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from Lagos and Ogun states, reports that the drama however began from the church.

Before his preaching during the service, Bishop Oyedepo had given President Jonathan the opportunity to address the congregation.

Spending very few minutes, Jonathan, who said he did not want to say much so that Nigerians would not think he only attended the church to campaign, urged the members to pray for the country ahead of the general elections.

He said his call for prayers was necessitated by the various predictions by leaders and clergymen about the elections and their outcome.

“There are various predictions concerning the election, but I trust God to take control of the situation,” Jonathan said.

He also commended Bishop Oyedepo for his commitment to God’s work and to education, adding that only through education of its citizens would a country develop and progress.

I commend Bishop Oyedepo for his commitment to the work of God and education, without education we can’t achieve much,” he added.

Reports say while some of the church members were excited to see Jonathan, others grumbled, saying he had suddenly turned to the Winners Chapel after he discovered that he is no longer welcomed at the Redeemed Christian Church of God since a senior pastor of the church, Yemi Osinbajo, is now the running mate to Buhari who is contesting against Jonathan in the election.

Some also whispered that the pastors in the country were not helping matters as they are not acting like prophets and leaders in the Bible who spoke truth to people in power.

After his speech, the Bishop asked that the church members stand up and pray for the President.

He asked that since God always answered prayers of the church members, they should pray for God to give the President the wisdom and strength to rule the country and the unusual grace to lead the nation.

Reports also said that while many stood up and prayed fervently, some sat down, while some used the opportunity to pray for themselves.

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