Peter Obi: LP Campaign Spokesman Yunusa Tanko Debunks "Lies" in El-Rufai's Detention Comment

Peter Obi: LP Campaign Spokesman Yunusa Tanko Debunks "Lies" in El-Rufai's Detention Comment

By Chinedu Echianu in Abuja    

The Chief Spokesperson, Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Tanko Yunusa has debunked the allegations leveled against the party's presidential candidate Peter Obi by the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai.

It would be recalled that Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, had accused Peter Obi of arresting and detaining him (El-Rufai) for 48 hours as the then governor of Anambra State.

According to him, Obi, who was seeking a second term in office on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, got him arrested and detained in 2013 when he visited Anambra to monitor the state’s governorship bye-election.

El-Rufai made the statement at an interactive session of Arewa Joint Committee in Kaduna in the presence of the APC Presidential candidate Bola Tinubu who alongside Obi were at the event to present their Presidential bids to Northern elders.

However, in a statement titled "Setting the records straight on El-Rufai's blatant lies on Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi" The Presidential Campaign Spokesman of the Labour Party, Yunusa Tanko said, "Actually on the 16th. November, 2013, I was the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), chairman then, I was in charge of all political parties leaders, we were at the Finotel Hotel in Awka, Anambra State.

"Normally all complaints that comes from any political Party comes to our table, we had a situation room, organized by international Republican Institute, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and my humble self and many others actually stayed in the same hotel.

"I was surprised that Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was claiming that he was attacked or more less been gagged because when he complained, we really investigated and we conducted a press conference on the matter as signifying the fact that Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was at that time the deputy National Secretary of APC, and so he should be allowed to perform his duty according to party's dictates and then, there was no ambiguity because the security present at that time was to protect all senior personnel of political parties in that hotel. "So, the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, who was the governor of the state at that time has nothing to do with any security issue that was labeled on him by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai. "I have photos to prove how we addressed a press conference at Finotel Hotel, Awka condemning the DSS for illegally detaining El-Rufai. He never for once mentioned Peter Obi all through this long process of helping him get out of the jam. "Like I said earlier, communication technology has gone digital, you don't have to stress much to get your facts. This same El-Rufai went to court on this same issue, Obi was not mentioned rather it was the DSS and he got a judgment against them. It was a PDP Government in the Centre and Peter Obi was a Governor flying the Flag of APGA.

"The court awarded him N2million for damages for unlawful detention. Go into the internet and you will see the full details. Precisely it was published in Premium times and Sahara Reporters of September 24th, 2014.

“Here are the links/Photos 1. https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/168796-unlawful-detention-court-orders-sss-to-apologise-to-el-rufai-pay-him-n2m-in-damages.html 2. https://saharareporters.com/2014/09/29/unlawful-detention-el-rufai-defeats-sss-agf-court-declares-restriction-movement-during

"The facts are all there for all discerning Nigerians to see that all he has been saying are tissues of lies deliberately designed to rubbish our presidential candidate.

"This is targeted to continue to lie to our people in the north to create a divide for personal interest. This kind of division has kept our country down for too long but they are now awaken to fight for their right. We urge them not to be deceived any more.

"Nigerians should ignore his rantings and treat such stories with disdain because they are from the pit of hell orchestrated by the APC Government that's already drowned and cannot be revived with fictional stories.

"Gentlemen of the press, you know it's not in the labour party's character to discuss personality, we and indeed our candidate dwell on issues and my appeal to you as the fourth estate of the realm is to stand up and save this democracy and save our dear nation from gullible elites. What we can assure is that labour party by the grace of God if we win, will rebuild this country in such a way that only the upright people and not the crooks will direct the affairs of our nation going forward."