In a now-viral telephone conversation with Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church (Winners’ Chapel), the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate Peter Obi was revealed to be pleading for Christian votes from the Southwest and Northcentral regions by calling the election a “religious war.”
The two men can be heard discussing ways to convince the Christian voting community in Nigeria’s southwest and north-central areas to back Obi in the viral tape, which was recorded prior to the February 25 presidential election.
According to Gazettengr.com, Mr Obi, the Labour Party’s standard-bearer, saw the February 25, 2023, exercise as a battle to assert the place of Christians in the country, bootstrapping his candidacy out of a polarised cycle set off by Bola Tinubu’s religiously-tinged Muslim-Muslim nomination. The election was largely a three-way race between Messrs Obi, Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar, a former vice-president who ran again on the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party line.
Obi can be heard saying, “It is a religious war,” to which Oyedepo replies, “I believe that.”
According to analysis by Fij.ng, FIJ subjected the audio to a deepfake test using Deepware, an AI tool used to detect alterations in audios and videos.
Deepware’s deepfake detection technology “was designed to detect deepfake videos or, simply, any fake content in the areas of visual and audio communication“.
The Cable, a Nigerian newspaper, had used the same tool to detect that a supposed audio conversation of Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President of Nigeria, Aminu Tambuwal, the Governor of Sokoto State, and Ifeanyi Okowa, the Governor of Delta State, plotting to rig the 2023 presidential election was a deepfake.
According to Deepware, the Obi-Oyedepo audio was not AI-generated, and it underwent no technological alterations.