*Urges him to concentrate in marketing himself, party
The media office of the Presidential flag bearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has called on the Presidential running mate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, to concentrate on marketing himself and his party.
Obi-Datti media office in a statement signed yesterday stated that Okowa got it all wrong to have accused Obi of fanning the embers of religion and the associated sentiments.
The Obi-Datti media office added that governor Okowa by that allegation exposed himself as grossly ignoring the magnitude of the nation’s challenges and the reasons Nigerians are rising in support of the LP presidential ticket holder.
“Okowa’s baseless allegation is one of the many attempts at trying to label Obi as belonging to the country’s primaeval politics, religion, tribe, and geography.
“First, Obi was tagged a mere social media blitz, hanging in the air without structure; he was equally labelled an Igbo and IPOB 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”, the statement read in part.
It further held that Obi has visited churches even before he began the race 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, early this year. Celebration of Obi at any public gathering has been there long before he began to aspire for the presidency.”
Adding: “Recently in Kaduna State, Obi attended a wedding ceremony in a Mosque and his admirers thronged around him in a bid to touch him.:
The Obi-Datti media office noted that it was privy to the fact that in most of the top public church appearances of Obi, including the recent Dunamis Church outing in Abuja, Delta State governor was always invited but he either stayed away or sends his wife to represent him.
“And because Obi does not like a representative 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 of attack dogs 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 no going back”, the statement read.