Saturday, 21 March 2015

Mixed Reactions as Botched catholic debate tears Imo electorates apart

Image result for pictures of okorochaImage result for pictures of okorocha has reliably gathered that mixed reactions have continued to trail the aborted Catholic debate organized by Justice Development, Peace and Caritas Commission (JDPC) unit of the Archdiocese of Owerri under Bishop AJV Obinna last week as electorate are torn across religious lines.

It would be recalled that the debate was aborted when the supporters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who came to the Obiri Odenigbo venue of the event started chanting ‘Ka Opuo’ (Let him go out), brandishing red cards and blowing whistles, a song title of Uche Ogbuagu at the venue. 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) faithful infuriated by the song, attacked the PDP supporters. This action saw a stampede at the event, where the decorated lectern and podium were destroyed.

The Archbishop, AJV Obinna has condemned the act, describing it as unholy and unfortunate. He said that the debate has always given the people opportunity to know who to vote for. He urged those involved in the sacrilege to confess their sins.
It would be recalled that the PDP has accused APC of disrupting the debate, adding that the party supporters also molested Reverend Fathers at the event, while APC denied the allegation but insisted that PDP started the uproar by the chanting of anti-party songs at the venue.  

However, the action has divided the churches in the state over who becomes the next Governor of Imo state. While Catholics pitch their tents with the catholic governorship candidates, the Anglicans are on the side of their own candidates.

Of the three strong contenders in the Governorship race, the PDP candidate, Emeka Ihedioha is of the Anglican, Capt. Emmanuel Ihenacho of APGA comes from the catholic. 

The incumbent Governor who is catholic has fallen out with the Archbishop for reasons ranging from maybe the party which is seen as Muslim party to other reasons yet to emerge, hence the catholic church want a change in the Douglas House.



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