Busola Dakolo: Why I Ignored PFN Panel – Fatoyinbo
Founder of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo has explained he shunned the panel set up by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to probe the rape allegations against him by celebrity photographer, Busola Dakolo because of legal advice.
The cleric stated that he was advised by his lawyers not to appear before the panel because it was prejudiced and may not conduct an impartial session.
The PFN announced on Thursday that its probe into the allegations against Fatoyinbo was inconclusive because the preacher refused to appear before it after several invitations.
But the Senior Assistant to the COZA Pastor, Ademola Adetuberu, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, disclosed that the legal advice was also premised on the statement issued by the PFN President, Bishop Felix Omobude, “where our Pastor was publicly disowned.”
The statement read, “We recall that when Pastor Fatoyinbo was invited by a phone call few days ago by Pastor Akinola Akinwale, who is the National Administrative Secretary of PFN, we explained that our Pastor would not honour the invitation due to legal advice hinged on the ongoing police investigation.
“The legal advice was also premised on the press statement issued and personally signed by the PFN President, Bishop Felix Omobude, where our Pastor was publicly disowned.
“Based on the foregoing, we are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the PFN was already prejudiced and may not conduct an impartial session.
“According to the report, Rev. Omobude, whom we hold in high esteem, went further to crucify our Pastor without seeking to know his side of the story on the matter. With all due respect, we consider this a prejudicial position in dispensing justice and fairness.”
He added: “Even our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was given an opportunity for a fair hearing by the Kangaroo panel set up with the prime motive of condemning Him to death.”
He stated that there was no written invitation from the panel or the PFN leadership, apart from the telephone call requesting him to appear before the panel, adding that a PFN officer who spoke to his lawyer was informed that he (Fatoyinbo) would not appear before the panel until the police investigation was concluded.
Fatoyinbo promised to appear before the panel as soon as the police probe into the allegation was concluded.
The statement clarified: “Once the police investigation is over, our Pastor is ready to honour the invitation.
“We appreciate those who stood and still standing by us. It is our hope that the truth shall prevail at the end.”