Campaign posters of the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi on Friday, elicited flurry of mixed reactions, especially on social media platforms.
Pictures of the mats went viral, eliciting the condemnation of many, especially Muslims whose religion frowns at the use of images on items of worship.
Although, Obi has since issued a disclaimer against the campaign posters, many however faulted and condemned the now-viral images.
The said prayer mats were made by support groups to be shared as campaign souvenirs to potential Muslim voters. Reacting, the former Anambra Governor on his Twitter page stated that the mats were not from his campaign team.
He said: “The inclusion of my picture on the praying mat by a support group was misguided, even with the best of intentions It didn’t emanate from my campaign team. I have deep respect for the Muslim faith and indeed, for every other religion. We will never mock any faith, ethnicity or gender. We are one Nigeria.”
Also, in a similar vein, the senior pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Poju Oyemade, was under fire on Friday from supporters of Obi over his social media post. Poju in the now-deleted tweets, said youths must not waste their enthusiasm on a “poorly planned project”. Although the clergyman did not mention any name, the tweets were seen as an attack on the youth movement of Obi.
The tweet according to Obi’s supporters was calculated as an attempt to portray their candidate (Obi) as unprepared for the 2023 general election. Poju tweeted: “Faith is not just blind belief or hoping for a miracle. Faith sees. Faith has her eyes opened and possesses the evidence upon which it builds its belief. Faith prepares long, sometimes for years just as Joseph did for the years of famine. Faith counts the cost before embarking,” he wrote.
“Without having real evidence upon which you are acting nor preparation for the task, recognising real obstacles that lie ahead and making concrete plans, one is just being delusional about the outcome. The enthusiasm of the youth must not be wasted on poorly planned projects. Noah spent months/years planning for the flood & he was operating in faith. Jesus said no man goes to battle without taking stock first nor lays the foundation of a tower without counting the cost first lest he will be mocked. Our faith is intelligent it doesn’t live in denial.”
…Your time is not now, says Dino Melaye
A former Senator who represented Kogi West Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has given reasons on why he believes the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, cannot win the 2023 presidential election.
He stated that Obi’s agenda to cut cost of governance, as he has listened to in Obi’s campaigns, is not as important as unifying the country’s ethnic groups.
In the video shared on his verified social media platforms and seen by Dino advised Obi to wait for his time.
He said: “Peter Obi is one of the finest Nigerians who is intellectually mobile and administratively sagacious; a great Nigerian and has a great potential of being Nigeria’s president in the nearest future.
“I celebrate you Peter Obi, and I celebrate your movement. I celebrate your conscientisation of the Nigerian youth and the public on governance. But I want to advise, your time is not now because you’ve to wait for your time. I’ve listened to your postulations. I’ve listened to your arguments, deliveries and campaigns, and 90% of your campaign is dwelling on reducing the cost of governance.
“The problem of this country is beyond just cutting the cost of governance… You don’t need to become governance before you can cut the cost of governance. If you’ve a very effective Minister of Finance, budget and planning, CBN governor and chairman of the Economic team, you can cut governance with the operation of the president. What we need today in Nigeria is to unify this country. The country is so much divided. There’s no trust between the North and the South.”