A popular columnist, Sam Omatseye, has alleged that supporters of the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, are issuing death threats against him over his recent article.
He said this in a tweet on Tuesday, urging Obi to caution his supporters.
He added that the LP presidential candidate would be held responsible if anything happened to him.
He said, “Mr. Peter Obi, call you supporters to order. They are calling and issuing death threats. If anything happens to me, you will be held responsible!!!!”
Omatseye in his opinion piece, titled ‘Obi-tuary’, published on Monday at The Nation, said Obi has no landmark that could be attributed to him in Anambra as a former governor.
He described Obi as a shelter for miscreants.
The opinion reads in part; “Obi has turned out to be an excuse for even closet Biafrans to betray open emotions about Biafra without being accused of it.
“This includes intellectuals who did not show mercy to him while he reigned in Anambra as a pharisaic chief executive. It is like wearing a colour beneath another colour. Obi has become a shelter for both miscreants and activists of the crowd.
“He (Obi) is therefore using religion as a bait. He is now on a weekly pilgrimage to churches. Jonathan did the same. The pastors, ever opportunistic, see him as a darling.
“He is visiting a sectional hue of pews. This is the man who divided the church in Anambra State in his time between Catholics and the others.”
The article also reads: “I can excuse those who think that being stingy is good for the economy because they are looking at how they run their family and personal finances. But no economy works in history by saving money. It stifles the economy. He has not been able to tell us how he will do it, and whether he has done it. We have no landmark in Anambra State to attribute to him, no enduring legacy.
“But this essayist can understand why Obi knows that the crowd that adores him will not question him. He is therefore using religion as a bait. He is now on a weekly pilgrimage to churches. Jonathan did the same. The pastors, ever opportunistic, see him as a darling. He is visiting a sectional hue of pews. This is the man who divided the church in Anambra State in his time between Catholics and the others. He is trying to push himself as the Christian candidate of the south while his messengers foul the air with sanctimonious growl about Muslim-Muslim ticket. I am sure Kanu will chuckle in his cocoon, especially when he contemplates what he alleges as his sinful romps in hotels.
“While Obi hops from church to church and beclouds the hypocrisy among political pastors, the nation watches as his sectional army taunts and harangues others. But Obi will do nothing to restrain his rabble because he knows they are doing a good job in keeping the faithful within their own bubble where they reinforce their own self-delusions. That will last until their last call at the polls. This is not the time to properly interrogate in details the false intimations of Obi’s agenda and hypocrisies. But it is safe to say one thing. Before he peters out and hurtles towards an electoral Obi-tuary, the country knows the content of the crowd and its origin. They are a caterwauling group trying to seduce, without much success, those outside its ethno-religious tent.”
Obi earlier had to caution his supporters and loyalists against being toxic, urging them to tolerate other people’s views and opinions.
The former Anambra Governor said this on his Twitter page in July following his supporters’ criticism of Poju Oyemade, senior pastor of Covenant Christian Centre and others perceived as attacking Obi on social media.
For instance, Oyemade had advised youths not to waste their enthusiasm on a “poorly planned project.”
Although the clergyman did not mention any name, his advice was seen as an attack on the youth movement of Obi.
Obi, therefore, noted that embracing other people’s views will allow possible collaboration with them towards his presidential ambition during the 2023 general elections.