Peter Obi has broken the silence on the British government apology over his detention.
Newsone reports that Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, on Thursday, April 13, denied a report that the British government has tendered an apology over his detention by immigration officials.
This online news platform recalls that Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, southeast Nigeria, was reportedly detained by immigration officials at Heathrow Airport in London, United Kingdom, over alleged impersonation.
After the news emerged of his detention went viral, a report, however, emerged on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, suggesting that the British government has apologized to Obi over his treatment at the Airport.
However, Newsone Nigeria reports that Peter Obi, in a statement issued by Diran Onifade, Head, Media and Communications of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council debunked the report, saying they are not aware of such an apology.
“We would like to state emphatically that we are not aware of any such apology and have not issued any statement whatsoever, in that regard.
“While we continue to examine any dubious or political motive, on the part of the perpetrators of the identity theft,
“We have every confidence in the ability of the British authorities to resolve the matter, to a conclusion” the statement added.
In a related development, the factional leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Biafra agitator, Simon Ekpa on Thursday, April 13, 2023, accused the Nigerian government of scuttling the election of Peter Obi at the February 25 presidential poll.
In a letter to the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, seen by Newsone Nigeria, Ekpa who parades himself as “Nnamdi Kanu disciple“, berated Information Minister Lai Mohammed for “lying” about the elections.
He said the Nigerian government official has been “junketing…telling lies and calling for a ban on all fund-raising activities of the indigenous people of Biafra with threats of sanctions”.
“Little did he say to the world, Mr. Peter Obi of the LP won the presidential election and the government and its subservient electoral body declared the ruling APC candidate (Tinubu), winner”.
Ekpa noted that even the UN has admitted the general elections “revealed ethnic, religious, demographic fault lines in Nigeria”. The position, according to him, somehow captures the situation of Nigeria that needs urgent redress through a referendum.
Ekpa said when Obi’s running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, cited election irregularities, Mohammed “through his broadcasting commission slammed a N5 million fine on the television station”.
On the election in Lagos State, the secessionist said Obi defeated Tinubu, despite the disenfranchisement of the “Biafra people”.
“State-sponsored political thugs went on a rampage, burning down the markets where the Biafra people are dominant and their businesses.
“Another Market was burned in Maiduguri (capital of Borno) where Eastern (Biafra) people do their businesses.
“Almost all big markets have been burned down by a combination of government security agencies and the terrorist Fulani herdsmen conducting economic jihad.”