Clement Ojukwu, National Organising Secretary, Anambra Labour Party, has pleaded with the kidnappers of the party’s candidate, Obiorah Agbadimalo, to set him free.
Mr Ojukwu made the call in a press statement on Tuesday in Awka.
He said the Anambra governorship election had come and gone with its success stories of no bloodletting as was highly envisaged by the public.
Mr Ojukwu said the poll, peacefully conducted, was keenly contested by the candidates of all the registered parties without any record of violence or loss of lives.
“We at the labour party return all the glory to God Almighty,” he said.
He reminded the public that their governorship candidate was kidnapped on September 18.
“Chief Obiora Agbasimelo has not been set free by his kidnappers to date. His absence greatly affected the Labour Party and the morale of its teeming supporters. His vibrant, youthful nature, well-educated and informed campaign strategy, and oratory rattled the opposition and gave the masses great hope of a landslide victory in the election,” said Mr Ojukwu. “Unfortunately, he was kidnapped and kept away from Campaigns, debates and discussions prior to the election. Today, the election has come and gone.”
He added, “On behalf of our great Labour Party, our teeming supporters and his wife, children, and family, we humbly and most passionately appeal and beg the kidnappers to kindly set him free.
“We Kindly appeal to the abductors to release him to rejoin his troubled family and traumatised wife and children after a very long hostage and exclusion from the rest of humankind. We make this appeal in the name of God Almighty and believe that our appeal will yield a positive result to the glory of God.”
Mr Ojukwu further urged “all good-spirited human beings in the state to join us in this clarion call.”
Mr Agbadimalo was kidnapped on September 18 while leaving a campaign ground at Ezinifitte Nnewi South local government area to Azia in Ihiala local government area.