Labour party governorship candidate arrested in Abuja (PHOTOS)

The governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Plateau state, Yohana Margif, has been arrested by police officers in Abuja.

Mr Margif was whisked away on Thursday along the busy Kubwa expressway in the Federal Capital Territory.

Margif’s running mate, Jack Dung Bot on Friday, said that he wasn’t ready to speak because he was “too emotional,” and also “trying to put himself together.”

A family source confirmed Mr Margif’s arrest but could not immediately state the reason for the arrest or which police station he was taken to.

Yohanna Margif

“No one has hinted me on the details yet. I don’t know the station, but I asked someone to tell me, he promised to call back,” he said.

The report of Mr Margif’s arrest comes days after the Labour Party notified INEC of the withdrawal of some candidates, including Mr Margif, from the race, providing new dates for the conduct of fresh primaries in the affected states.

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Yohanna Margif

A Jos-based political commentator, Vilret Enoch, told The Gazette that Mr Margif has come under intense pressure to withdraw from the race in the last few days but the candidate has rebuffed all entreaties.

“There is a plan to present a new candidate to represent the party. I heard that he (Mr Margif) was approached to withdraw but he refused. The unknown candidate is also rumoured to be from the APC after he fell off with the party,” he said.

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He however said Mr Margif’s arrest could be tied to some fraud allegations levelled against him in the past.


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Doris Israel Ijeoma

Doris Israel Ijeoma is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos. She can be reached via: 08097099378