The Labour Party’s Presidential Campaign Council announced on Wednesday that their candidate for president, Peter Obi, was held by British immigration authorities over the Easter holiday for offenses that were likely committed by an imposter.
According to a statement released by Diran Onifade, head of the Obi-Datti media team, Obi was held for questioning upon his arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport from Nigeria on Good Friday, April 7, 2023.
The statement went on to say that he was released from his position amid outcry from Nigerians who had observed the occurrence.
“The LP Presidential candidate in the February 25 Presidential poll arrived at 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,” the statement read in part. Strangely for a man who had spent over a decade in that country, he was subjected to extensive interrogation.
"Since Obi’s face was now a global frame, the public swiftly began to ask why he was being delayed, especially Nigerians, Africans at home, and Africans in the Diaspora who are likely to be Obidients.