The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state on Monday accused the Nigerian Army of complicity in the last Thursday abduction of a PDP chieftain, Bibi Oweifa, less than 48 hours before his defection to the party in the state.
According to the APC, through a brief statement, issued via email by its publicity secetary, Doifie Buokioribo, some military personnel attached to the Joint Military Task force allegedly carried out the kidnap after being paid undisclosed amount of money and took their victim to the state government house.
The APC, alleged that the PDP led state government sponsored abduction of Hon. Bibi Oweifa was carried out to stop his defection alongside hundreds of his supporters, to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), scheduled for saturday, 21st July 2018.
According to the statement: “Once again, we have confirmed that the PDP led administration in Bayelsa state, in its desperation, has started sponsoring the abduction of the PDP members planning to abandon their sinking ship of failure. They have paid the military to kidnap Bibi Oweifa to avoid the massive defection in Yenagoa local government.
“We also have it on good authority that a kidnappers den has been opened at the Bayelsa government house to hide those kidnapped to stop defection to APC.”
While the APC statement insisted that the abduction was staged to stop his attempted defection, some PDP faithful in the state dismissed the claim as “wicked” and said the kidnapped victim has been discovered in Kolo area of Ogbia local government council of the state.
The APC called on the chief of army staff, Lieutenent General Tukur Buratai to investigate the incident and bring those behind the incident to book.
Attempts to contact the spokesman of the Joint Security Task Force Operation Delta Safe(ODS) failed.
It would be recalled that Hon. Bibi Oweifa, an indigene of Bumoundi, in Ekpetiama clan, Yenagoa local government area of the state, was reportedly kidnapped at around 3:30 pm on Thursday.
The gunmen were said to have invaded in military attires, overpowering his personal assistant out of the vehicle they were, and made away with him.
Until his kidnap, he was the state vice-chairman of the state peace and reconciliation committee.