ByÂ Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and member of the partyâ€™s board of trustees, Chief Chris Uba,Â yesterday reported at the office of the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Philemon Leha,Â in obedience to an earlier invitation extended to himÂ by the state police command.
Though details of his discussion with the Police Commissioner, were not made public, Uba told newsmen at the police headquarters,Â that his accuserâ€™s aim was to malign him.
He also insisted that PDP was yet to nominate its candidate for the February 6, 2010 governorship election in the state, adding that members of the party were prepared to follow due process in carrying out the exercise.
The police boss said Uba made a statement along with other 23 former governorship aspirants and submitted video clips of the stakeholders meeting held the day Prof. Chukwuma Soludoâ€™s father was kidnapped.
â€œI donâ€™t have anything to tell you (media) now,Â except to say that Chief Uba came because of the invitation we extended to him. Other stakeholders also made statements and we received the video clips of what transpired at the meeting held before Soludoâ€™s father was kidnapped. I have to get the full report before making any statement,â€ the Police Commissioner said.
He also said that his command had formally invited Prof. Soludo to come and make statement on the kidnap of his father, adding â€œhe has a case he is pursuing, so he will comeâ€.
The Commissioner of Police said that the kidnappers had also reduced their ransom demand, from N300 million to N200 million, adding that whether it was politically motivated or not, all he knew was that the kidnappers are criminals and that he was still looking for them.
Leha, however, accused the media of fueling the kidnap issue, insisting that he never accused anybody of being responsible for the kidnap of Pa Soludo, but that there are presently two types of insecurity in Anambra State,Â which include the one by the criminals and the other created by the politicians in the state.