By Enyim Enyim & Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA â€” THE worry of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate for the February 6, 2010 governorship election in Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, was yesterday deepened, asÂ his 78-year-old father, Pa Simeon Soludo, was kidnapped in his home town, Isu-Ofia, in Ekwuluobia, Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Chukwuemeka Emeka, andÂ the Divisional Police Office of the area, Mr. Bang confirmed the incident to Vanguard. Emeka said Policemen have been dispatched to the area to investigate the circumstances leading to the kidnap of the septuagenarian.
This is coming even as 15 governorship aspirants of the party in the state, yesterday, in Awka, insisted that they would not accept the candidature of the former Central Bank governor, saying he is a stranger to the party.
At a well-attended rally by a faction of the party loyal to the acclaimed godfather of Anambra politics, Chief Chris Uba, the aspirants who spoke one after the other, insisted that Soludo is not the PDP Governorship candidate and urged the national chairman of the party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor to intervene immediately in the governorship crisis of the party in the State if the party hopes to win the February 6, 2010 election.
The aspirants said the aim of the gathering was not to attack any person, but to fashion a way forward for the party.
According to Dr. Alex Obiogbolu, who is one of the aspirants, without peace in the party in the state, the issue of governorship would not be resolved, adding that everybody needs to come together in the interest of the party.
For Prince Osita Ezenwa and Princess Kate Egwu, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor should intervene urgently, hoping that by December 7, the issue of the candidate of the party would have been settled.
Chief Basil Iwuoba commended Chris Uba for playing the lead role in making sure that Soludo was removed as the PDP Governorship candidate for Anambra.
Also, another former chairman, Uche Emordi, Mike Nkwocha, Chief Okey Odunze and the man that got the judgment against Soludo at the Abuja Federal High Court, Valentine Ozoigbo attended and also spoke during the rally.
â€œWe are determined on Soludo being removed as the PDP candidate and allow the people of the state and party to choose their candidate through due process,â€ said Ifeatu Obi Okoye, a former state chairman of the party.
For Osy Ezenwa, â€œwe have been seeing professors.Â His own is not the first and they should stop intimidating the people of the state with professorship. We should stand firm until the ritual of congress is performed in the state.â€
Surprisingly, Chief Uba did not speak, but he kept nodding as others spoke.