- In the buildup of the 2023 elections, Labour Party flagbearer has been receiving knocks from his opponents in the polity
- In recent times, Peter Obi's activities and movement are often questioned by his fellow contenders, ahead of the forthcoming general election
- Recently, the vice presidential candidate of the PDP, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has urged Obi to leave the church out of politics
The Vice-Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has accused the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, of whipping up sentiments through the church.
Obi, who is fast gaining popularity, especially on social media, has made several visits to churches, where he was warmly received.
Responding to a question on the allegation by some that his emergence as vice presidential candidate of the PDP was a betrayal to the south, especially with Obi’s increasing popularity in the zone, Okowa said it was unfortunate that people hang on to anything even to the detriment of their fate.'
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“Now you begin to look at what is going on; the Peter Obi factor is as if he is trying to go through the church and make it look as if he is driving the Christians into politics. I do not believe that the church should actively go into politics because that is not their calling.
“But people are just hanging to anything they can reach out to even to the detriment of their fate. I don’t believe that’s the right part to go.”
The Delta state governor made the remark on the sideline of his visit to the state along with the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to receive former Kano state governor, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau into the party and also engage with other party and other stakeholders.
2023: 'OBIdients' embark on cleaning exercise in Enugu, share Peter Obi fliers
In another related development, some youths in Enugu are cleaning every part of the state to create awareness for Obi ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
The supporters of the Labour Party candidate are also sharing fliers of Obi and educating residents on the need to vote right in 2023.
Photos of the youths carrying out the sanitation in exercise have gone viral on social media.
2023: Peter Obi’s meetings with Wike, Soludo reportedly unsettles Atiku’s camp
Meanwhile, the recent meeting between Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra state and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has sent jitters to the camp of Atiku and the PDP.
This is coming days after Obi had a closed-door meeting with some PDP governors led by Wike in Port Harcourt.
In Atiku's camp, it is feared that the meetings may affect the political fortunes of the PDP presidential candidate negatively.