Chief Spokesperson of Labour Party (LP) Presidential Campaign Council Dr Tanko Yunusa has taken on Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai over what he described as blatant lies in his claim that Peter Obi arrested him in Anambra in 2013
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State had narrated how the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi allegedly arrested him in Anambra state when Obi was governor in 2013.
However, an old video went viral almost immediately showing the clip where El-Rufai had in an interview after the said arrest indicated that, “he was arrested by three state security service (SSS) officials holding AK-47 threatening me that they have directive from Abuja to restrict me to my room.”
Dr Yunusa at a press briefing in Abuja wednesday narrated what he claimed happened in Anambra in 2013 when he was the national chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council saying,
“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.
He expressed dismay that Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was claiming that he was attacked or gagged because when he complained,
“We really investigated and we called 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.”
He explained that the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, who was the governor of the state at that time had nothing to do with any security issue as labeled against 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 the while..
“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.
“So all he has been saying are blatant lies deliberately designed to rubbish our presidential candidate before northerners
“This is targeted to continue to lie to our people in the north to create a division for personal interest . This kind of division has kept our country down for too long but the people are now being reawaken to fight for their right. We urge them not to be deceived any more.
Nigerians should ignore his rantings and threats with disdain because they are from the pit of hell orchestrated by the APC Government that’s already drowning 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 you is that when the labour party wins by the grace of God 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.