In a news briefing, the Director Connectional Ministries Southern Nigeria Annual Conference, Reverend Philip Micah Dopah said the petition was based on falsehood, distortion of facts and blatant misrepresentation of issues by the pastor.
He said the pastor is trying to blackmail the initiative of Governor Darius on his peace mission and also to draw the Governor into the matter of the UMCN despite efforts been put in place by the Governor to end the crisis, adding that the Southern Conference will not join issues with any person or group of individuals.
Reverend Philip Micah Dopah said the southern conference is committed to the peace mission by the Taraba state government and the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN for the peaceful resolution of the crisis and the peaceful co-existence of the church as a body of Christ.
The Director of the Connectional Ministry restated that the southern conference which has thirty-four districts with three hundred and fifty pastors and over five hundred thousand members is the largest in the UMCN in Nigeria and that it cannot be called a faction because the conference was the mother Conference which produced the two other conferences.
Reverend Philip Micah Dopah, however, called on the Vice President to disregard the petition against the government of Taraba state or Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and that the conference would always remain in peace with all other members of the church.