The Obidients movement, a camp of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, says the vice presidential of the opposition party and the governor of Delta state is grieved by the popularity of former Anambra state govenor.
In a statement by the movement in
a conference held on Thursday at Obi-Diatti Media Office in Abuja, said Obi had been visiting churches long before he declared intention to run for the highest office in the country.
Okowa had knocked Obi for frequently visiting churches, an act many of his critics believed was a subtle campaign strategy.
The statement reads in parts: “First, Obi was 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.
“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.
But the Obedients, a growing movement of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, however, thought otherwise.
They admonished Okowa to focus on marketing himself in place of attempts to brand Obi a bigot.
The movement added that it will be unfair of anybody to accuse Obi of driving religious sentiments through his frequent presence at different church programmes.
“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 drew attention to a recent wedding ceremony held in a Mosque in Kaduna State where Obi was greeted with an ovation by his admirers, who thronged the event and made efforts to touch him.
“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.