Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party has described the treason tag on him by Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed as a height of rascality.
Obi stressed that it was an act of “rascality” for the Minister of Information and Culture to accuse him of treason because of the comments made by his running mate in the election, Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed.
“Lai Mohammed calling me out for treason is the height of rascality. I was in Onitsha and he went to Washington D.C to make that declaration. This is a waste of government resources, that money should have been channelled to build more classrooms.
“I’m sure if you go to his village, there are so many children that don’t even have desks to go to school. And instead of using that money to do it, he used that money to go to Washington to announce treason of someone who is in Onitsha.”
Speaking on Arise TV on Monday, Obi said he was neither arrested nor detained in the United Kingdom (UK) for any offence.
Obi noted that he was pulled aside for a routine check to alert him of the impersonation of his Visa to the UK.
“I was never arrested, nor detained neither did I commit any offence in the UK. I was stopped for a routine Immigration check because there appeared to be a duplication of my identity. I have lived in the UK for over 10 years and I have never been questioned, or arrested in the UK or any other part of the world in relation to an offence. I was questioned for less than 20 minutes and treated with the utmost respect.”
Speaking further, the former Anambra State governor said he did not have any form of dual citizenship, noting that he had forfeited his permanent stay in the UK. However, he said he has Dallas honourary citizenship.
“My honourary citizenship in Dallas, Texas means nothing. It doesn’t even grant me Visa-free entry to the United States. I have never applied and I will never apply for citizenship of any other country, I am a Nigerian who believes in Nigeria,” he said.
Obi further dismissed a leaked audio conversation featuring him and David Oyedepo, General Overseer of the Winners Church.
“I am not a religious or tribal bigot but let them make of that what they will. I am not desperate to become President. I’m desperate to see Nigeria work,” he said.