Presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi has dispelled rumour that he visited the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu at Defence House, Abuja.
Obi made the denial while responding to the photoshopped image of himself (Obi), Tinubu and others at Defence House that making the rounds on the internet.
The former two-term governor of Anambra State said the report as falsehood.
Obi revealed, “I never visited him (Tinubu). I didn’t. These are some of the things I have been telling you. They have turned the whole thing upside down. So, what they (the opposition) do now is think about what they are going to do to cause issues and what they are going to do to label him (Obi) this or that.
“If it is not labelling him (Obi) tribal bigot, or religious bigot when he is not speaking, they will find his family and check whether he has a lovechild and all sorts of things, including misrepresented identity among others.
“I didn’t visit anybody,” the former governor said.
He insisted that he wouldn’t relent in seeking justice at Presidential Election Petition Tribunal untill his mandate his restored, also clarifying that he doesn’t hold United Kingdom citizenship.
The LP candidate furthered that despite staying in the country for sometime, he returned his “unlimited residency permit” to the authorities before the exiting the country.
On his recent “arrest” in London, Obi explained that he was only stopped for a routine immigration check.
“I was stopped for a routine immigration check and all these lasted for a maximum of 20 minutes. I was treated with all due respect. I was never arrested nor detained,” the former governor clarified.
He continued, “I lived in the UK in the 90s from 1993 to 2005. From that time till now is a period of 30 years and I have never been questioned, arrested or detained in any country in the world.
“I have never been arrested or questioned in any manner. I have never committed any offence. So, what happened was a routine immigration check and that happened not less than 20 minutes and I was given all due respect by the authorities.”
Speaking on the internecine crisis rocking the Party, Obi waved away the issue, stressing that the reported crisis is just the “rascality” by paid agents intent on putting bent the party into disarray.
“In the Labour party, we have no issue. Abure is our chairman and those things you’re seeing are just the handiwork of paid agents who are trying to create confusion,” he said.