The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, says contrary to viral reports that he was detained at the airport in the United Kingdom, he was merely stopped for a routine immigration check.
Recall that the former Anambra State governor was allegedly detained for hours at Heathrow Airport, London by UK immigration officials.
Speaking with newsmen, Obi insisted that he was never arrested, stressing that the routine immigration check lasted less than 20 minutes, “because there appeared to be a duplication of his identity.”
‘’I was treated with due respect and walked through the VIP process.”
He maintained that he never committed any offence in the UK from 1993 to 2005, when he lived in the country or found wanting in any part of the world.
He said some Nigerians who arrived with him on the British felt traumatised over the development.
“People said I was detained, committed an offence and several offences or that his company was closed, he wasn’t paying taxes.
He said, “For the years I lived in Britain, never had I been questioned.”
He stressed that the only country he is a citizen is Nigeria, maintaining that he does not hold dual citizenship.
Also, responding to a question on an allegation that he could be a citizen of Solomon Island, Obi said: “I have never been there all my life. The few places I have gone in the Caribbean is Haiti. I was a governor when they had the earthquake. Everybody close to me know that I have been to most troubled places in the world. So, when there was earthquake in Haiti, I went to Goodluck Jonathan and told him I was going to the country to help them rebuild and he was surprised.
“I don’t own a property anywhere outside Nigeria, except in the UK, where I live. Other than that, if there is a property in the name of Peter Obi, it is fake and I don’t need it. Why would I own a property where I don’t live?”
The LP presidential candidate described the allegation of treason levelled against him by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, as, “the height of rascality.”