The Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, was yesterday held hostage by security agents in Odudu, Ondo State.
The Governor was said to have left Port Harcourt on Thursday morning for Ekiti to join the APC rally before the governorship elections.
The Governor was heading to Akure where his aircraft was parked but was rounded up by soldiers and security personnel, who denied him entry into Ekiti, claiming they had orders to do so.
Meanwhile, the mega rally for the All Progressives Congress candidate, Governor Kayode Fayemi, at the governorship elections coming up in the state on Saturday had started in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
According to a statement by its Commissioner of Information and Communications, Ibim Semenitari, the Rivers State Government said that it was especially worried that the Federal Government had singled out Governor Amaechi for harassment and attack.
In a similar incident, however, soldiers also prevented a chopper that was scheduled to convey Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to the same rally from taking off from the airport in Benin City, the Edo State capital.
Another aircraft conveying the Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, was also denied landing rights at the Akure airport as soldiers reportedly told both governors that they had no clearance to attend Governor Fayemi’s campaign rally.
Spokesman to Governor Fayemi, Yinka Oyebode said the clampdowns on the Fayemi campaigns were expected.
“The more they show this power misuse the more the people of Ekiti are poised to vote for APC,” Oyebode said.