By G9ija

The candidate of the Accord Party (AP) in the March 18 House of Assembly elections for Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area Constituency 2 in Rivers State, Chukwudi Ogbonna, has been kidnaped by gunmen.

Ogbonna was reportedly kidnaped while driving in his car at Rumuigbo, near Port Harcourt on Monday night, when the gunmen forced him to stop and whisked him away with his car His cousin’s brother, Ifeaka Nwakiri, confirmed the incident on Tuesday.

Nwakiri said the abduction is “politically motivated”, adding that Ogbonna was driving a white Mercedes car with a friend when he was kidnapped.

“The abduction has been reported to the police and other security apparatus.

“He was driving with his friend. They double-crossed him. His friend came out of the car to understand what was happening then the gunmen started shooting in the air so the young man had to scamper for his safety.

“Up till now, we don’t know his whereabouts”, he added.

When contacted for comment on the incident, Grace Iringe-Koko, the Rivers police spokesperson, said an update will be provided soon.