The Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi has on Monday admonished his followers to refrain from attacking Father Ejike Mbaka over his alleged prophesies that the Atiku Abubakar election project would fail.
The Former Governor of Anambra State, who spoke through his media aide, Val Obienyem, said that he expected his supports to rather pray for Mbaka.
Reverend Father Mbaka had on Sunday at his adoration ground, Enugu, stated that that the attempt of the PDP to take over Aso Rock will fail if he is consulted by the presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Father Mbaka, in a video circulating on the Internet had called on the presidential candidate to donate to his ministry, stating that God does not like stingy people.
Obi, had while speaking at the bazaar and thanksgiving ceremony, promised to confer privately with the priest on what he would donate, but Mbaka insisted that it was deceit for Obi to come to his church and fail to part with any money.
Father Mbaka’s comment has led to the fierce attack of the priest by angry supporters of the Vice Presidential candidate.
But Obienyem, while speaking for Obi, said, “I have personally reached out to many people restraining them from attacking Fr. Ejike Mbaka because of their love for Peter Obi.
“If you truly respect Obi, please and please, do not attack Fr. Mbaka. In the first instance, His Excellency does not interpret the comments of Fr. Mbaka the way several observers do. While one may disagree with him, we should always acknowledge that he speaks and acts from the higher perspective of wisdom.
“His Excellency believes that every situation, however unpleasant, has positive lessons for us. Please let us leave Fr. Mbaka alone, our duty to him is prayers for God to lead him aright.”
Obi regretted that the spat at the adoration ground in Enugu cost his younger brother, who is also a Catholic priest, some engagements both in Onitsha and Lagos, the same day.
Father Obi, who joined his elder brother to Enugu for the service, was billed to return to Lagos but because of the delay as a result of arguments between Mbaka and Obi over donations, he missed his flight billed for 3pm from Asaba and had to join a 5:30pm flight from Enugu.