The Labour Party governorship candidate in Plateau State, Amb. Yohanna Margif has been arrested in Abuja for allegedly refusing to step down for a defector from the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.
Security personnel from Plateau State Police Command arrested Margif on Thursday and took him to Apo police station in Abuja, The Sun reports.
Deputy Governorship candidate of Labour Party, Engr. Dung Jack, who was together with the party’s candidate, confirmed the arrest.
“I was together with my Governorship Candidate in Abuja at about 7pm on Thursday moving on the highway when we saw some armed police officers who block our way and asked us to stop,” he said.
“When we stopped, they whisked away with the governorship candidate and left us there. I thought it was kidnappers that have abducted him and I decided to go to the nearest police station to report it but I was told that he has been taken to Apo Police Station.
“I moved to the station and found him there. He is safe but we don’t know why he was arrested. I was told that it was Police from Plateau State Police Command that carried out the arrest, we are waiting to know why he was arrested.”
Margif was said to have been under intense pressure to step down as an aspirant for someone who lost the APC primary election.
The desperate aspirant had done everything within his power to get him to withdraw from the race, but Margif has remained adamant, claiming that the ticket was not for sale as he was in the contest to win.
According to SaharaReporters, an unconfirmed source said the Labour Party had scheduled to hold a fresh congress to elect a new Plateau governorship candidate for the party.