The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the just concluded elections, Mr. Peter Obi was reportedly detained and harassed at Heathrow Airport in London.
In a statement released by his media team, Obi was held at the airport after he was approached by an immigration officer, who beckoned on him to step aside. He was allegedly taken aside for a copying crime which suggested that he had being an impostor on the trip.
According to his media team, “Obi-Datti media office can confirm that the LP presidential candidate in the February 25 presidential poll had arrived the Heathrow Airport in London from Nigeria and joined the queue for the necessary airport protocols when he was accosted by an immigration official who handed him a detention note and told him to step aside,”
According to Prof. Chinyere Okunna who served as commissioner for information, commissioner for economic planning, and coordinating commissioner for development partners, in private, Obi had described his ordeal at the airport to her.
Stating that in the face of a seeming protest by Nigerians at the airport, the immigration officers had revealed that someone was impersonating Obi in the country and that his identity was duplicated, hence the reason for their concern.
Recounting the event, the media office said “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.”
“Obi-Datti Media office recalls that our principal has been under all kinds of attack, since the February 25, 2023, presidential election in which as the standard bearer of the Labour Party, he put up an outstanding showing coming third out of 18 contestants as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, even though his supporters and many other election watchers including international observers believe very strongly that he won the election but was manipulated out.”
“Since he was told to go to court if he feels strongly about the election which all international monitors said was flawed and full of imperfections and he accepted, there have been severe attacks on him from all corners.
“It’s also not impossible that those urging him to leave the country may have planted the impersonators ostensibly to tar the Eagle’s immaculate appearance.” Mr. Peter Obi has since returned to the country.