Labour Party Governorship candidate in Anambra, Obiora Agbasimelo Declared Missing

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Obiora-Agbasimelo

, the Labour Party’s (LP) governorship candidate in the November 6, 2021 election in Anambra State, has gone missing, fueling speculations that he has been kidnapped.

This came as former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) acting Chairman, Chief Dan Ulasi, was kidnapped by gunmen in Nnewi, the state’s industrial hub. Though he has regained his freedom.

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As at the time of going to press, the whereabouts of Agbasimelo was unknown. The emergence of the lawyer and brother to the founder of the popular foundation, Oga Ndi Oga as LP’s governorship candidate came on the heels of crisis in the party, which threw up a faction and the erstwhile leading aspirant, a military officer, Nnamdi Nnoruka, was allegedly kidnapped and moved round parts of the state in the booth of his car.

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The Guardian’s investigation revealed that Nnoruka withdrew from the race following the ordeal.

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SIMILARLY, Ulasi, the former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party and Chairman of the Igwe Nnewi Royal Cabinet, was believed to have been kidnapped last Sunday evening while returning to Enugu following a cabinet meeting.

Ulasi, the Nnewi Agenda’s initiator, revealed yesterday that the kidnappers who followed him from the palace, knowing he was returning to Enugu, stole his car.

He added that he was intercepted near Amichi, connecting to Awka-Etiti, and the kidnappers quickly notified those in the vicinity of Awka-Etiti that they had apprehended him.

The victim, whose face was reportedly covered in the ordeal’s heat, claimed he overheard his abductors conversing on the phone and deduced that they were taking orders from a powerful politician.

According to Ulasi, the bandits initially fooled him into believing they were heading towards Imo State via their phone calls, only to drop him off at their boss’s request. He noted that the kidnappers were instructed to remove his vehicle and any other valuables inside.

While expressing gratitude to God and his driver for his release, he stated that he was finally home recovering from the ordeal.

Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, the All Progressives Grand Alliance’s () governorship candidate, has pleaded with members to ensure the party’s survival by ensuring victory in the November 6 election.

Soludo cautioned members yesterday during a grassroots campaign tour of the Akpo community in Aguata Local Council. He warned that if the party loses the election, it will spell the end of APGA.

He urged them to unite and ensure that APGA wins the election in order to survive and continue the party’s legacy.

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“This is why I’ve come to you: to urge our traditional rulers, community leaders, Presidents-General, women, and youths to vote for APGA,” he stated.

MEANWHILE, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that new registrants’ Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) will be available for collection on October 7.

Festus Okoye, Chairman of the Information and Voter Education Committee, who disclosed this in an Abuja statement yesterday, assured of the commission’s determination to conduct a credible election in Anambra.

He stated that when registrants’ PVCs are ready for collection, they will be notified via their respective e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

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