No apology from UK over my detention at Heathrow Airport – Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi has dissociated himself from claims that the British government apologised for his brief detention by immigration officials at Heathrow Airport in London on April 7.

Obi’s rebuttal followed claims by the spokesperson of the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign Daniel Bwala on Thursday via Twitter.

Mr Bwala had written, “British government apologised to Peter Obi for illegally serving him a detention note.

“Can you now put a ‘respek’ on his name? We are now waiting for US government to apologise to Tinubu for illegally collecting the forfeited dollars…”

Reacting, however, through the head of Obi-Datti media office Diran Onifade, Obi said the rumoured apology was false.

“We have been receiving enquiries with regards to a so-called apology, purportedly issued by the British Government or any of its agencies, to our Principal Mr Peter Obi, in respect of a routine Immigration engagement with him, as he arrived London, for a brief visit, last Friday, the 7th of April,” he said in a statement.

“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 conclusion.

“Mr Peter Obi and the LP/PCC have since moved on from the incident and continue to be totally focused on the legal processes before the Election Petition Tribunal towards the recovery of our mandate, which we are firmly convinced, was overwhelmingly expressed by voters, in the Presidential election of February 25th.”