The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) said it was shocked over the arrest and release of Chief Victor Umeh by officials of the Department of State Security (DSS).
The Chairman of the party, Mr Victor Oye, made the position of the party known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Friday.
Oye said that APGA was bewildered that a citizen could be arrested and detained before investigation could begin, describing the allegations against Umeh as unfounded, frivolous and empty.
“Chief Victor Umeh is a law-abiding citizen and his ordeal will not be unrelated to his senatorial ambition.
“It’s a great shock to us that the DSS came and moved him away without any reason known to us.
“It is illegal; the allegations are just unfounded, frivolous and empty. We should not allow intimidation in this country.”
Oye said that the party would weigh options on how to follow the matter, urging members and supporters of the party to remain calm.
He said the party remained strong in Anambra and would not be distracted in their focus to deliver their candidate.
Oye said that APGA and its members cannot undermine the country and would continue to support the Federal Government.
“APGA is a lawful party, we are not opposed to the president, we are nation builders but we appeal to the Federal Government not to allow this type of illegality to continue on Nigeria,” he said.
Umeh, is a former National Chairman of APGA and a candidate in the postponed Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election.
He was arrested on March 3 at his country home in Aguluzigbo in the Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra and moved to Abuja for undisclosed charges.
He has since been released. (NAN)