By Clifford Ndujihe
AFTER the high-wire politicking and bitter campaigns that characterised the November 18 governorship election in Anambra State, Reverend Father Emmanuel Obimma aka Ebube- Muonso, spiritual director of Holy Ghost Adoration Ministry, Uke, Anambra State, has said it is time to put politics aside in the interest of the state. In this interview, he among others, wants the re-elected Governor Willie Obiano to extend hands of friendship and love to his predecessor, Mr. Peter Obi, even though the latter worked against him at the election.
Before the election, you prophesied that Governor Obiano would win but would be rigged out. He won but was not rigged out. What happened?
I am very happy with the outcome of the election and Anambrarians are also very happy. I predicted it and when the message came, I saw Obiano emerging a winner of the contest but I also saw the evil one trying to rig him out and because he stepped on the Adoration ground, we prayed against the evil intentions of the wicked ones.
I remember what happened after the prophecy, people were calling me fake prophet just because I said what the Holy Spirit revealed to me. I told him in confidence that he will win after praying for him and he eventually won, to the glory of God. I did not campaign for anybody. I am a priest of God; I am neither a politician nor partisan. The Church of God and the party of God is my own party.
What is your advice to Obiano now that he has won the election?
He has seen that God and the masses love him as reflected in the election. It is now left for him to justify the votes by filling in the gap in areas he did not do well in the past three and a half years. This is the time for him to re-strategize in order to make the people happy because he knows that some people are not happy with him. For me, he scored above average. He did well in the areas of security and payment of workers salary. The Holy Spirit is warning him not to forget the poor masses.
I also believe that he won the election because people are tired of the imposition of candidates and godfatherism in the state. I believe that we have passed the level of godfatherism in Anambra state and that was why they gave him a sympathy vote.
Do you have a word for Obi whose candidate Oseloka Obaze lost out in the election?
Peter Obi did wonderfully well during his administration. In fact, he was the one that handed the baton over to Willie. We believe so much in his credibility. I expect him to congratulate Willie Obiano and let love continue to lead Anambra State. Willie should also find a way of extending a hand of fellowship and love to him.
The international best practice is to congratulate or support whoever that emerges winner for peace and unity of the country or state. For me, all the candidates should come under one roof in thanksgiving to God. It is not easy to contest for an election and I thank them for their courage.
Obiano should keep behind all the tantrums that were thrown at him during the election. People called him names; a thief, a drunkard and so on, those things are hurting but Christ is our ideal. So, I want the governor to find a place in his heart to forgive them.
What is your assessment of the election?
I am very happy with the peaceful conduct of the election. You know in Anambra State, people claim to be omnipotent. Some people think they can buy things over with their money. So, in this election, they were disappointed. I thank the Federal Government for providing enough security before, during and after the election. Security was tight. As you can see, some people think that with their connections and political godfathers, they will break the camel’s back but as you can see, they are disappointed and that shows that God has the final say in anything one is doing. Some of them have a Federal alliance of which President of the country came and campaigned for them.
President Buhari came all the way from Abuja to endorse a candidate. Ever since he was elected the president of Nigeria, he has never visited Anambra state, except for the election. All the Federal roads were abandoned, yet we have a president. Most of the benefits we are supposed to get from the federal were denied and we have a president. Those things are disheartening. And again, former president Goodluck Jonathan came to campaign for PDP candidate, Mr. Oseloka Obaze. Willie Obiano is the only candidate who has nobody but he has the people. Buhari endorsed Nwoye, Jonathan endorsed Obaze, and God endorsed Willie.
Did you notice any lapses which you will advise INEC to work on to improve our electoral system?
As I heard, people were distributing money to influence people to vote for them. For me, that is electoral genocide. It shouldn’t be. In a civilised country, such a thing shouldn’t happen. How can you give people money to vote you and that affects infrastructural development and dividends of democracy because he who pays for the vote will surely recoup his money. It’s pure business and the earlier we checkmate that the better.
Any advice to Christians at a time like this?
My advice to all Christians is to have trust in God. What happened in this election is an eye opener for people to at least, realise that God sees all things. People boasted of all kind of things before the election and people of God went to prayer. In my own congregation, the Adoration family declared a fast and prayer for the success of the election and I know that our God is a God of justice. When you think you have power, God will mess you up. It happened to King Herold and Nebuchadnezzar who claimed omnipotent in their days and God reduced them to rubbles.
I call on Christians to put their trust in the Lord and When God says yes, nobody can say no. The very first day Willie came to Adoration ground during his first tenure, I saw him and God revealed to me he is the next governor. That was my first day of seeing him and at that time, I was even praying for Chris Ngige before I got the divine signal.
And when he came for the second tenure, the same message came that he will win but people will try to rig him out, we prayed heavily against rigging and federal might and they couldn’t rig their way in.
Does that mean that God doesn’t reveal to you the fate of others who come to you especially from other denominations?
Personally, I for one, love Osita Chidoka who is an Anglican. I said to him, how I wish he will have the crown but it is not yet time. Many times, I pray and God will tell me it’s not the way it will go. Many a time, God gave me revelations that are even against my wish. It’s something that is divine irrespective of denomination. Ministers of God are not God; our duty is to carry out the message given to us by God.
When the revelation came, people said that Ebube Muonso is campaigning for Obiano, a fake prophet, a fake priest, while others said Obiano had bribed me. I want to state that Obiano’s one kobo is not in my pocket and I have never begged him for money. God will always provide for me, I have millions of sons and daughters that take care of me. I said what the Holy Spirit told me and some are agitating. But I quickly want to remind those who doubt God’s message to read up what happened to those that did that in the past, they were all condemned to death.