The Labour Party has revealed that its presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, was on April 7, detained and questioned at Heathrow Airport in London.
The party said the former Anambra State Governor was stopped for questioning because someone “was impersonating him in London,” warning that the impostor might be going around committing crimes in Obi’s name.
This was revealed in a statement signed by Diran Onifade, the Head of the Obi-Datti media team, where the party said the incident will not dampen their spirit to recover their mandate.
The statement reads in part, “The LP Presidential candidate in the February 25 Presidential poll arrived the Heathrow Airport in London from Nigeria on Good Friday, April 7, 2023, and joined the queue for the necessary Airport protocols when he was accosted by immigration officials who handed him a detention note and told him to step aside. He was questioned for a long time and it was very strange for a man who lived for over a decade in that country.
“Since Obi’s face was already an international frame, especially for Nigerians, Africans home, and in the Diaspora who are likely to be Obidients, the people quickly raised their voices wondering why he was being delayed.
“The immigration officials who were also taken aback at the reaction of the people were forced to reveal that Obi was being questioned for a duplication offense, meaning that someone has been impersonating him in London.
“The high implication of the offense is that the impersonator could be committing all kinds of weighty crimes and other dubious acts and it would be recorded in Obi’s name.”
Onifade added that Obi has since returned to Nigeria and that Obi “is not deterred as he is ready to suffer the pain and remain even more determined to pursue whichever path his creator destined for him in Nigeria.”