The camp of Labour Party’s presidential candidate Peter obi, popularly referred to as ‘OBIDIENT’, had knocked Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for saying the former governor of Anambra State had been visiting churches long before he declared his intention to run for the highest office in the country.
The Obidient camp says it will be unfair to anybody to accuse Obi of driving religious sentiment through his frequent presence at different church programmes.
They admonished Okowa to focus on marketing himself in place of criticizing his strategy of the campaign.
According to Punch, in a statement issued to journalists on Thursday, the Obi-Datti media office disclosed that Okowa’s attempts to de-market Obi as practising primordial, religious and tribal politics were baseless.
The statement partly read, “First, Obi has tagged a mere social media blitz, hanging in the air without structure; second, he was labelled an Igbo and the Indigenous People of Biafra’s irredentist, and now, Okowa, grieved by Obi’s popularity among the lay faithful, says he is fanning religious sentiments.
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“The truth is that Obi is a driver of a movement whose membership and support cut across all facets of our national life and any attempts to pigeonhole him into any sector will fail.
“Obi has visited churches even before he became the present run for the Presidency. In July 2021, he was at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Karu, Abuja, to attend the 25th anniversary of a priest and the church erupted when he was introduced. At various weddings in Abuja, Lagos, and, all over the country where he visited, Nigerians celebrated him for what he stood for and what he did when he held public office in Anambra State.
“One of such functions was Dr Okowa’s child’s wedding at the National Ecumenical Conference Centre, Abuja, this year. Celebration of Obi at any public gathering has been there long before he became began to aspire for the presidency.”
The team also pointed out the recent wedding event in a Mosque in Kaduna where Peter Obi was greeted in oviation by his admirers.
The statement said;
“Obi-Datti Media office is privy to the fact that in most of the top public church appearances of Obi, including a recent Dunamis Church outing in Abuja, Okowa was always invited.
“He either stays away or sends his wife to represent him and because Obi does not like a rep where the people want him, he strives to show presence despite his tight schedule.
“We don’t expect Governor Okowa to join in this fantasy talks but to use every available avenue he has to market himself and his candidate instead of dwelling in gainsaying anything that concerns Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
“Truth which is glaring and known to even Okowa is that the Labour Party candidate is leading a movement that cannot be stopped or distracted by any side talk because it was prompted by long-standing oppression of the people who are about to be liberated with Obi’s message of hope.
“Taking back the country and rebuilding it is a task that is almost certain as there is no going back. The oppressors have forced the oppressed to pull the trigger and there is going back,”