A group supporting Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the President Muhammadu Buhari government of complicity in the plot that led to the recent detention of Mr. Obi at the Heathrow Airport, London.
Mr. Obi had been briefly detained by British Immigration officials based on an alert that there exists someone cloning his identity.
Reacting to the incident which raised worldwide uproar and condemnation, the Peter Obi Support Network (POSN), in a statement Friday, by FCC Onwuasoanya Jones of its Directorate of Strategic Communications, noted that “the passport with which the fake Peter Obi obtained UK Visa, must have been issued by the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS),” stressing that “It is instructive that the Nigerian Government has remained silent on Obi’s unwarranted Heathrow Airport ordeal, one full week after the regrettable incident”.
The group pointed out that “From spending billions of naira paying lobbyists and sponsoring propaganda teams to the USA and UK, the Buhari-led APC Government has now graduated to sponsoring a clone of Peter Obi in the UK in its desperation to demonise a man widely recognised as the conscience of the nation.”
Expressing “shock at the extent the APC Government of President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to go in its bid to neutralise the influence of Obi, whom it sees as a nightmare and the main threat to its stolen presidential mandate,” the POSN however saw some good in the otherwise sad saga.
It said the event provided “Nigerians at the airport an opportunity to rise in defence of their hero and they did so …. It also has exposed the dirty anti-Obi scheming of the APC Government as the whole world now knows that whatever crime is committed by the fake Peter Obi has nothing to do with the one and only Peter Gregory Obi, who is universally known and respected for his unimpeachable integrity.”
The POSN, therefore, “advised the Buhari-led APC Government to stop wasting scarce resources seeking Obi’s downfall,” insisting that “Rather than be discouraged, this can only make Obi more resolute in recovering his stolen mandate through the judicial process and in rededicating himself to the crucial task of helping to birth a new Nigeria, which, of course, is very much POssible.”