ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- Femi Fani-Kayode, the Director, New Media sub-committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, has mocked Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), over his recent encounter with Immigration officers at the Heathrow Airport, United Kingdom.
In a statement via his verified Twitter handle on Wednesday, Fani-Kayode said Obi was accosted, detained and deported back to Nigeria like a commoner by the British authorities.
His tweet reads, “!”Poor @PeterObi! Accosted, detained & deported back to Nigeria like a common criminal by the British authorities? Why didn’t you say “yes daddy” to the immigration officer? Or better still why didn’t you call the little Englander or the little diva to put in a word for you. 🤣
“Why didn’t you say “yes daddy” to the immigration officer? Or better still why didn’t you call the little Englander or the little diva to put in a word for you.”
The Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Office, had earlier on Wednesday, released a statement, explaining that Obi was allegedly harassed by immigration officers at the Heathrow Airport over impersonation.
The Spokesman for the Campaign Council, Diran Onifade said that Obi was detained and questioned for a duplication offense, which suggests that someone has been impersonating Obi in London.
Onifade explained further that Obi just returned from London, where he celebrated Easter, adding that he was saved by the spontaneous reaction of Nigerians at Heathrow Airport.
According to him, Obi arrived the Heathrow Airport in London from Nigeria on Good Friday, 7 April, 2023, and joined the queue for the necessary airport protocols when he was accosted by immigration official who handed him a detention note and told him to step aside.
He said: “He was questioned for a long time and it was very strange for a man who lived for over a decade in that country.
“Since Obi’s face was already an international frame, especially for Nigerians, Africans home, and in Diaspora who are likely to be Obidients, the people quickly raised their voices wondering why he was being delayed.”
He further noted that the immigration officials who were also taken aback at the reaction of the people were forced to reveal to those present why Obi was being questioned.
He said: “Since the impersonator is still at large, the scenario is unimaginable as Obi could be implicated in a series of forbidden acts and even be framed in a manner that could be a huge embarrassment to him, his family, his party, the obidient Movement, and indeed Nigeria, where he currently and indisputably remains the conscience of the people.”