The Ebonyi State Police Command detained two sons of late Senator Office Nwali, the state’s founding father, for allegedly refusing to stand down for another candidate in the just ended APC primaries in the state.
Barr. Rollins Offia Nwali and his brother, Engr Alfred Offia Nwali, were arrested on Thursday in Onueke, Ezza South Local Government Area of the State, according to reports.
Rollins Offia Nwali is a primary candidate for the APC House of Assembly.
Before his detention, he was running for the Ezza South State Constituency seat.
According to a source, Mr. Offia Nwali was arrested for refusing to step down for his election opponent.
“He was called severally from Government House to step down but he told them that as the son of one of the founding fathers of the State, the opponent should be the one to step down for him.
“He had received so many threats over the election but he refused to step down preferring to go to the field. They arrested him because they saw that he was going to win as he had a large number following him in the constituency”, the source said
The source further alleged that his supporters, including some of the delegates, were chased out of the election venue.
Elder Brother of the two brothers, Oguzor Offia Nwali confirmed the arrests of the brothers.
He also alleged that the arrest was instigated by the “powers that be” in the state who wanted him out of the way to pave the way for their preferred candidate to win.
“Yes, my two brothers were arrested and we heard they have been taken to the Police Headquarters in Abakaliki”, he said.
The Police spokesperson in the state, Chris Anyanwu could not be reached for comments as his phone lines were switched off at the time of filing this report.