The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, AJV Obinna, have finally worshipped in the Govenrment House Chapel built but by former Govenror Rochas Okorocha.
Archbishop Obinna, who championed Okorocha’s emergence in 2011 against Dr Ikedi Ohakim, and even kept quiet when the rumor of Ohakim flogging a priest trended against the former Govenror (a rumour which would later be refuted by Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka as false), would later fall out with Okorocha, and would criticize Okorocha.
Okorocha was accused of building a mosque when he started the building. Archbishop Obinna never worshipped in the building when Okorocha was Govenror.
Okorocha, who was believed at a time to be a Catholic, which was the reason Obinna supported him against Ohakim who was an Anglican, would stop attending the Catholic Church, and would hold prayers in his chapel, where he had his own pastor in the person of Pastor Bumi Barbs.
Archbishop Obinna have been very close to the Hope Uzodinma administration, since the removal of Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha.
Uzodinma is a Catholic while Ihedioha is of the Anglican denomination.
Obinna had come under fire lately, when he claimed that pensioners had been paid in Imo, when in actual facts, they had not been paid.
The Archbishop have been accused of playing Church politics in the affairs of Imo State, defending those of the Catholic faith, even when they were wrong, against the good of the people of the state.
Imo pensioners had protested to him, after he made the claim that they had been paid. They expressed their displeasure at him, for seemingly conniving with the Uzodinma administration to make life hard for them.
Uzodinma is presently faced with likely removal, if the Philip Umeadi case goes through at the Supreme Court.
Ihedioha had visited Obinna when he was sworn in, and the Archbishop supposedly blessed him, but didn’t make any reaction when he was removed by the Supreme Court.