The Abia State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Donatus Nwamkpa, was reportedly kidnapped by yet-to-be identified gunmen, on Monday, while on his way to Aba, the commercial hub of the state.
Nwamkpa was said to have been kidnapped alongside one of aides few hours to the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state.
It was gathered that the incident happened on the Aba/Enugu/Port Harcourt Expressway in the Osisioma Local Government Area of the state around 11pm.
The APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr Benedict Godson, who confirmed the abduction in Aba on Tuesday, said the party knew that there were plots to disrupt its rally on Tuesday and the visit of the President by the opposition, but never expected that it would get to the level of kidnapping its state chairman.
He said the party had reported the incident to various security agencies in the state for investigation and Nwamkpa’s rescue.
Godson stated, “We were aware of a plot to disrupt today’s (Tuesday) visit by the President, but we never expected this.
“Our chairman was kidnapped and up till now, we have not heard from him. He remains our authentic chairman. Kidnapping Nwamkpa, a foundation builder, a mover and the man who has brought this party from nowhere to somewhere, cannot stop this party from winning Abia State.
“We know that there are some persons in the opposition party, who might have done this in collaboration with some people in our own party, and we are telling them that this is not the right way to play politics.
“But their actions cannot stop our governorship candidate, Dr Uche Ogah, from winning. People are afraid and it’s obvious that some persons were planted in our party by the opposition in order to distract us.
“We plead with his abductors to release him for he meant well for Abia State, and we are sure that our chairman will be back soon, because he’s a good man and a man of God.”