Ijeoma Osamor, the presenter of Democracy Today, a well-liked political program on African Independent Television (AIT), has discussed the events that led to Nasir El-rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, being detained in Anambra State in 2012.
Remember that Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party at the time, was accused of orchestrating El- rufai’s detention because he was the governor of Anambra State at the time. El-rufai stated he was in Anambra to observe a bye-election.
When the LP candidate visited Kaduna State a few days earlier, he said he would have responded in kind, but he wouldn’t because Northerners are civilized people.
Speaking about the incident, Ijeoma Osamor said, “He (El-rufai) initially alleged the State Security Service (SSS) picked him up but if you look at the comments of former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, he said the SSS controlled by the PDP. Peter Obi was in APGA, not in PDP then.”
“He wasn’t the only one that was picked up anyway. According to INEC guidelines, on election day, there is restriction for you to move from one polling units to the other. Some of them were found going around polling units during elections and that was a crime.
“Recall what happened in Edo State, Nyesom Wike couldn’t come out from his hotel room during the last Edo governorship election. They stopped him from going from polling units to polling units, that was exactly what happened to El-rufai.
But I question why El-rufai would associate the Labour Party candidate with what transpired to him in 2012 if he is currently claiming that the SSS picked him up. Where is this coming from when Peter Obi wasn’t in command of the SSS?