The National Working Committee backed governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress for Imo State and representative of Imo West Senatorial District, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has been arrested by the Special Presidential Investigation Panel For Recovery of Public Property, The PUNCH is reporting.
The candidate was arrested on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.
The PUNCH said this was revealed to it by the Chairman of the panel, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, in a short message service on Sunday.
Uzodinma was said to have been arrested for failure to complete a contract awarded to his company.
His company was awarded a contract of $12m for the dredging of Calabar channel by the Nigerian Ports Authority.
Obono-Obla said Uzodinma had been evading arrest for about a year but was arrested at about 8.20pm at the Abuja airport.
The statement read: “This evening, at about 8.20pm, operatives of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel For Recovery of Public Property at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport arrested the APC governorship candidate in Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, after disembarking from an Air Peace P47324 flight from Lagos.
“The panel is investigating economic sabotage against Senator Uzodinma arising out of the failure of his company to execute a contract of $12m for the dredging of Calabar channel awarded by the NPA.”