Peter Obi responded by shooting the governor Rifai for lying to him.
Newsonline Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi is reported to have spoken with Nasir Al-Rifai, governor of Nigeria’s northern Kaduna state, about a lie linking him to his arrest in Anambra state years ago.
This online news platform understands that Governor Rifai claimed that nine years ago he was detained in Anambra for 48 hours on the orders of Mr. Obi, then Governor of the state. He made the claim at an interactive session organized by the Arewa Joint Commission in Kaduna on Monday 17 October 2022.
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In 2013, I went to Anambra State as an official of the House of People’s Representatives to witness the by-election for governor. Your next guest, Peter Obi, as governor, has me arrested and detained for 48 hours in my hotel room,” the governor of Kaduna claimed.
Now as a governor, Al-Rifai said he has all the security powers to deal with the Liberal Party candidate but will not do so due to his northern background.
Newsonline She mentioned that Peter Obi was also among the dignitaries who spoke at the event. In his defence, the former Governor of Anambra described the Governor’s comment as a thoughtless comment that should not be made in public space.
“What His Excellency Governor Nasser Ahmed Al-Rifai said about me caught my attention. I believe that as we get older and assume more responsibilities, we are expected to be careful in our thinking and avoid recklessness in our speeches and words.
How does the circumstance he referred to relate to fanaticism, to justify such a classification?
He replied, “All I do for people like Al-Rifai is to pray for them and encourage them to focus on doing those things that will improve so many Nigerians instead of engaging in hate speech that will divide and destroy the country.”
The Labor candidate said it was impossible for him at the time to order State Security agents from Abuja to arrest Mr. Al-Rifai.
“The police commissioner who was there at the time was from Adamawa state, and the AIG was from Nasarawa. The GMD who was planning that election was from Kano. There is no way to do that.
“My Chief, I have not asked anyone to arrest you. As Governor of Anambra State, I have the first best AFP policeman in Nigeria, who is from Kano, so where shall I give the order and tell the man who lives in my house every day that I want to deal with his people, And will he say yes?
Peter Obie said: “I was in the APGA during the elections in 2010 (2013), the ruling party was the PDP, how can I instruct the PDP in Abuja to detain anyone, even me as state governor who has been detained in my local government”.
Watch Governor Al-Rifai’s video talking about Peter Obi below…
Tweet embed A compulsive liar… This is a video of him saying that the State Security was arrested on the order of Abuja, but he lied in Arwa’s house that Tweet embed He was arrested in Anambra State. This is why his hands cannot reach his feet to tie his shoelaces. https://t.co/uiU0gprAMb pic.twitter.com/vBPisa7R7Y
– Adetutu Balogun, MBA (@Tutsy22) October 17 2022