Sunday, January 23

LP candidate still in captivity barely two weeks to Anambra poll

Labour Party (LP) in Anambra state has reassured its preparedness to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in the November 6 governorship election despite the unknown whereabouts of its candidate, Obiora Agbasimalo.

The Organising Secretary of the party, Chief Clement Ojukwu, who gave the assurance on Tuesday in a press briefing, said the abduction was political.

The party flagbearer was kidnapped in September 18, 2021 on his way from Ezinifite, Nnewi to Azia in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.

Ojukwu also denied party’s alleged plan to adopt Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Valentine Ozugbo as its candidate, describing it as false, dirty, pedestrian and plot not only to derail the focused campaign Organization, but to de-market its candidate.

He said, “Our candidate has not appeared since he was abducted September 18. He has never reappeared anywhere. He was abducted on his way from Ezinifite, Nnewi to Azia in Ihiala Local Government.

“We’ve being in touch with his abductors to reassure us he is alive. But he has not appeared or reappeared anywhere. We’re doing everything possible to ensure his release.

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“The relevant agencies, the party as well as the family are working towards his release. We believe, maybe as we talk, he’ll appear.”

Ojukwu however declined comments on the details of the discussion with the abductors, saying they were security matters that should not be made public.

He added, “The abduction of our candidate is very political because when he was in the bank, nobody has gone after him, not to talk of kidnapping him.

“It was only when he declared interest to aspire to be the next governor of Anambra State that he was abducted.

“I must tell you, it’s because of his popularity and that of his party in the state that other party stakeholders want to remove him to clear the way for them.

Asked the possibility of campaigning without the party flagbearer, Ojukwu said, “this is not the first time such thing is happening in Nigeria, Omisere was in Ibadan prison and won the senate seat and later took over.

“Theodore Orji was in Ikoyi prison detained by EFCC, till immunity removed him immediately he was pronounced governor of Abia state.

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“We’re on ground already and don’t need sympathy votes to win. They just abducted him together with some police officers. Force headquarters and DSS are on top of the situation.”

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