Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has said that the spiritual director of the Ministry of Worship, Enugu, Fr Ejike Mbaka, remains his priest and father in faith.

Obi said this during an interview on Voice of the People 90.3 FM on Sunday.

Mbaka had said the former governor of Anambra state could not win next year’s general election because he was “stingy”.

While speaking on one of his shows last Wednesday, the cleric argued that it would be impossible for Obi to become president of Nigeria, adding that an old man president is better than a “young man miser”.

Speaking on the radio station, Obi said, “For me Father Mbaka is an ordained priest of God and as a priest he remains my priest. I will always respect and show my allegiance to the church.

“Whatever he says, I will take it because he is my father in faith. I respect him and he’s my brother.

Mbaka had come under heavy criticism following the comment, which led to his ministry being banned in the Catholic Diocese of Enugu.

Reacting to the comment, Bianca Ojukwu, widow of Biafran warlord Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, spoke of Obi’s “stinginess” and how families benefited from it.

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