Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Imo State Governorship Primary Committee, Ahmed Gulak, has said he narrowly escaped being kidnapped in the state by “agents of Governor Rochas Okorocha.”
Mr. Gulak made this known in an interview with journalists in Abuja, on Tuesday.
He also stressed that his committee conducted a peaceful exercise which saw Senator Hope Uzodinma emerge as the party’s standard bearer for the Imo State 2019 governorship election.
Meanwhile, the party’s National Working Committee, in a statement signed by the acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said the exercise in “Imo has been suspended indefinitely.”
But Mr. Gulak insisted that Senator Uzodinma won with 423,895 votes to defeat eight other aspirants, including Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu.
He furthered alleged that agents working for Governor Okorocha wanted to scuttle the exercise, saying that about nine out of the 12-member committee were “kidnapped,” by persons he said were “agents of the governor” who were led by a team of policemen to the hotel where the committee members were lodged.
However, he was lucky to escape, leaving Owerri “under the cover of darkness at about 4:00 A.M. back to Abuja.”
Gulak said, “Myself, Col. Igbanor and Hon Bernard Miko were the only three doing this job, as others disappeared, and we learnt that they were at the Government House.
“So, when we sensed that something was fishy, by 4.00 A.M., we left Owerri after concluding the entry of the results.
“I was informed and the AIG Zone 9 called to inform me that they went for investigations and discovered that the governor himself and some policemen came and rounded up those members and took them to the Government House and until now, they have not been released and anything could have happened to them.
“The election was held, results generated and a winner emerged and the winner is Senator Hope Uzodinma.
“My secretary disappeared around 2.00 A.M. In fact, the case of Sadiq Bello is most pathetic because he doesn’t know anywhere in Owerri.
“He called a while ago that he has not eaten and has no money on him. That is the price and hazard of this job.”