The candidate of the Labour Party for the Imo State House of Assembly election for Owerri Municipal state Constituency, Clinton Amadi, has been released from police custody.
Amadi was released on Thursday after he was arrested on Tuesday at the secretariat of the Independent National Electoral Commission in Owerri, the state capital, where he had gone to obtain the Certified True Copies of the INEC result to file his case at the Election Petitions Tribunal, our correspondent can authoritatively report.
A source who does not want to be mentioned for reprisal told our correspondent that the House of Assembly candidate was freed on Thursday from the hooks of the men of the Tiger Base of the police command in the state after they realised that his lawyers had beat the deadline for the filing of the post election matter at the Tribunal.
A chieftain of the LP in the state, Fabian Ihekwueme told our correspondent that Amadi, who served as a lawmaker at the state House of Assembly between 2007 and 2011, had gone home.
He said, “He was released Thursday after they learnt that his Lawyers had already filed his Election petition in the Tribunal. They were keeping him because they didn’t want him to file his case. But luck ran out of them. Clinton has filed his case with the certified True Copies.
INEC had declared Ugochukwu Obodo of the All Progressives Congress the winner of the election but Amadi said that from the results posted on the INEC’s portal he won the election.
His arrest by the police had generated public condemnation with many calling for his immediate release.
Source: The Punch