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Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has recalled how the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, allegedly arrested him in Anambra State when Obi was governor in 2013.
El-Rufai narrated this while interacting with the Arewa Joint Committee in Kaduna on Monday.
The Kaduna State governor said Obi arrested and detained him for 48 hours.
He added that Obi was then aiming for second tenure as governor on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
He said, “In 2013, I went to Anambra State as an official of the APC to witness the bye-election for governorship. Your next guest, Peter Obi, as governor, got me arrested and detained for 48 hours in my hotel room.
“Now I’m the Governor of Kaduna State and he’s coming to Kaduna. In addition to the police and the State Secret Service, I have one Mechanised Division of the Nigerian Army here, if I need to arrest and detain anyone. But we are northerners, we are civilised. We don’t do things like that. I wish you all safe journey back to your destinations.”
However, an old video has resurfaced on social media showing El-Rufai in an interview where he stated that his arrest was instructed by people in Abuja, the nation’s federal capital.
El-Rufai had said, “I was arrested by three state security service (SSS) officials holding AK-47 threatening me that they have a directive from Abuja to restrict me to my room.”
“The idea of restricting movements during elections is not constitutional and there is no law that says anyone has the right to restrict movements during elections. We are going to test that in court. We want the court to tell us under which law INEC or any agency of government can restrict the movement of persons around. Freedom of movement is constitutionally guaranteed.”