The Imo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that Mr Uche Nwosu, a former governorship candidate in the state, was lawfully arrested rather than abducted.
This is contained in a statement signed by the APC’s publicity secretary, Mr Cajetan Duke, and made available to newsmen in Owerri on Monday.
Duke described the law as not being a respecter of any individual, noting that refusal to honour genuine and lawful police invitation could warrant forceful arrest to bring an individual to book.
He added that the APC in Imo, led by Mr MacDonald Ebere, would not condone “acrimonious rantings” that point to Governor Hope Uzodimma’s inability to manage the security situation in Imo.
He advised Nigerians, especially social media handlers, to desist from peddling rumours and unfounded allegations aimed at defaming the governor and the state government.
“The APC staunchly supports the governor and government of Imo in their effort to restore sanity, peace, order and sustainable economic development in the state.
“As a party, we advise Nigerians to refrain from trite shenanigans and doomed efforts to link Gov. Uzodimma with a self-imposed and merited predicament.
“We commend the governor for his equanimity, mature and honourable disposition in the face of rash provocations and rascality from persons intentionally working against the overall interest and wellbeing of Imo people,” he said.
On Sunday, a former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha had accused the state governor of being responsible for the arrest of Nwosu, who is his in-law.
He said his son-in-law was arrested on the orders of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Nwosu was arrested in a commando-style during a church service at St Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama Obieri in the Nkwerre Local Government Area of the state on Sunday and Okorocha said the IGP was deceived by Uzodimma to effect the arrest.