By Simon Utebor, Yenagoa and Chinyere Okoroafor
The Nation columnist, Mr. Sam Omatseye, yesterday urged the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, to call his supporters to order.
Omatseye alleged that Obi’s supporters, popularly called “Obidents”, were issuing death threats against him.
This came a day after his opinion piece, titled: ‘Obi-tuary’ was published in The Nation.
In his Twitter handle yesterday, Omatseye said the LP presidential candidate would be held responsible should something untoward happens to him.
He tweeted: “Mr. Peter Obi, call your supporters to order. They are calling and issuing death threats. If anything happens to me, you will be held responsible!”
In his opinion piece, published on Monday, Omatseye compared Obi to former President Goodluck Jonathan, accusing the former Anambra State governor of using religion as bait ahead of the 2023 elections.
The column reads: “He (Obi) is, therefore, using religion as 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.”
Also, a group of youths, under the aegis of Niger Delta Youth Leadership Forum (NDYLF), has faulted a former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Reuben Abati, over his comment against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders for purportedly condoning the alleged excesses of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
In a statement yesterday, NDYLF said Abati’s outburst was an attempt to malign and denigrate Wike and the PDP leaders with the description that they are “hungry men who allowed Wike to take over the party”.
NDYLF President Richard Akinaka said: “Reuben Abati has so far, in his conduct, not just on Wike but other previous altercations with guests on his programme, demonstrated his partisanship, hence he is not fit to be on such a platform anymore.
“His attitude so far is a demonstration that he has failed to remove the sweetness of the lollipop (in his own words) attached to his former office as a presidential spokesman and would want to return to such office to correct his previous failures…”