According to the Labour Party’s Presidential Campaign Committee on Wednesday, Peter Obi, the party’s presidential candidate, was arrested by British immigration authorities over the Easter break for offenses that were allegedly committed by an imposter.
According to the LP PCCC, Obi was detained for questioning on Good Friday, April 7, 2023, when he arrived from Nigeria at Heathrow Airport in London, according to a statement by Diran Onifade, the head of the Obi-Datti media team.
According to the statement, he was later fired after Nigerians who saw the occurrence caused a stir.
The statement read 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.
“The people instantly raised their voices in wonderment as to why he was being delayed because Obi’s face was already a familiar international frame, particularly for Nigerians, Africans at home, and Africans in the Diaspora who are likely to be Obidients.” The immigration officers, who were equally surprised by the crowd’s response, were compelled to admit that Obi was being questioned for a duplicate crime, which meant that someone had been using his name in London.
The seriousness of the transgression is that the impostor might be performing serious crimes and other questionable deeds under Obi’s name.
According to the punch’s report the Independent National Electoral Commission declared Obi third in the February 25 presidential election after polling 6,101,533 votes, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party came second with 6,984,520 votes and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress was declared winner of the poll with 8,794,726 votes.
He also scored over 25 per cent of the votes cast in 30 states, more than the 24 states constitutionally required, to meet the requirement.
Since then, Obi and the Labour Party have appealed the verdicts before the tribunal.