Donatus Nwankpa. Source: Igbere TV

The All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman in Abia State, Hon. Donatus Nwankpa, has been released by unknown gunmen.

Nwankpa regained his freedom on Thursday, and until this report was published, there was no confirmation of payment of ransom.

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Concise News understands that Nwankpa was abducted around 10 pm on Monday on the Isialangwa section of the Enugu-Aba Expressway.

However, the APC in Abia state has accused Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of masterminding the abduction of its chairman to cause confusion and destabilise arrangements for President Buhari’s visit.

The APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Benedict Godson, who confirmed the incident in Aba on Tuesday, said the party knew that there were plots to disrupt the party’s rally and the visit of the President today by the opposition, but never expected that it would get to this level of kidnapping the state chairman.

He said the party has reported the incident to various security agencies in the state for investigation and to rescue the party chairman.

Godson said, “We are aware there was a plot to disrupt today’s visit by the President, but we never expected this.

“Our chairman was kidnapped and up till now, we’ve not heard from him.

“We know that there are some persons in the opposition party who might have done this in collaboration with some persons 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 Sampson Ogah, from winning in Abia.

“We plead with his abductors to release him, for he means 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.”