Re: The Archbishop Obinna Connection
Our attention has been drawn to the false allegation published in Trumpeta Newspaper of Thursday November 29, 2018. Vol. 8 No. 69, suggesting that the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Most Rev. Anthony J. V. Obinna, and some Owerri elders were instrumental in the choice of Prof. Placid Njoku as APC Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate in Imo State.
We state categorically that the revered and peace-loving Archbishop was neither consulted nor ever suggested the appointment of the candidate in question.
The Archbishop in his very humane and accommodating character, has a listening ear to everyone who wants his attention, thus making himself accessible even to those in the political class. Be that as it may, he has never assumed the role of a political consultant or that of a “King maker,” that would culminate in his being directly or indirectly responsible for the nomination of a gubernatorial candidate for whatever political party.
We therefore, on behalf of the good people of Imo State, the Catholic Community and the Archbishop himself, demand the management of the “Trumpeta Newspaper” to render an unreserved apology to the Archbishop; retrieve the statement as false; and desist from any further defamatory publication relating to the Archbishop.
Rev. Fr. George Nwachukwu
Director of Communications
Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri.