The All Progressives Congress (APC) has debunked a report that it gave a suspected kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala, better known as Wadume, the sum of N13 million during the 2019 presidential election.
The APC made the rebuttal in a statement issued by Lanre Issa-Onilu, its National Publicity Secretary, on Saturday in reaction to a claim purportedly made by the suspected kidnapper, who was re-arrested by the police on Monday after he earlier escaped from their grasp.
The New Telegraph had quoted Wadume as telling police detectives that the APC provided the said money to prosecute some unidentified work during the February 23 presidential poll.
But responding, the APC said it was unsurprising that the alleged kidnapper made such an allegation against the party, especially at a time that the long arm of the law has caught up with him.
The party insisted that it never sponsored any political thugs or groups to cause havoc during the 2019 polls, noting that it had to spend its own resources rather than pilfering from government’s account as allegedly overseen by the previous Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations.
The statement read: “It is expected that the alleged kidnapper, having come face to face with justice, would throw whatever he could lay his hands on into the fray. In any case, our party did not have budget for thugs.
“Unlike the period when the ruling party dipped hands into the public treasury to fund political campaigns and elections, APC had to rely on its own resources. Even if we had all the money, we would never allocate money for kidnappers and murderers.
“That era ended with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”
The APC challenged Wadume to identify the individuals who supposedly gave him money to perpetuate chaos during the election.
“Perhaps, he can name whoever gave him money. Definitely, it was not APC. From his purported confession, he claimed to be a PDP member before he went on to contest under another party,” the statement read.
Wadume was re-arrested by operatives of the Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector General of Police in Kano on Monday after he fled arrest earlier this month.
The suspect had earlier escaped from the grasp of the police following a confrontation between soldiers of the 93 Battalion, Takum, and the IRT operatives, in which three policemen – Inspector Mark Ediale and Sergeants Usman Danzumi and Dahiru Musa – and an IRT informant – Olajide Owolabi – were killed.
Following his re-arrest, Wadume indicted the soldiers of the 93 Battalion as being responsible for aiding his escape.