The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure the re-election of Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, come November 16.
In a statement on Tuesday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP accused the APC of partisan conspiracy designed to deploy some alleged compromised security operatives against opposition parties in Kogi State.
PDP was speaking with reference to the abduction of its Okene Local government chairman, Musa Adelabu, who was kidnapped in his home on Saturday allegedly by gunmen dressed in military fatigue.
The Party charged the hierarchy of the army, police and Department of State Services, DSS to speak out on the abduction of Adelabu.
The party said it was unacceptable that the security agencies had kept mum over the abduction, even as his party and family had continued to demand for his release.
The statement said: “This situation has heightened apprehensions of high-level partisan conspiracy to use some compromised security operatives against the opposition in Kogi state, in a desperate bid to foist the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the failed Governor Yahaya Bello on the people of Kogi state.
“PDP charges the hierarchy of the Army, Police and the Department of State Services (DSS) to speak out on the abduction of its Okene local government Chairman, Musa Adelabu, by gunmen reportedly dressed in military fatigue.
“The party expressed worries that three days after his abductors reportedly dared his family members that they were acting on orders from above, there had been no trace of his whereabouts.
“Moreover, it is completely unacceptable that since the public outcry by our party and members of his family over his violent abduction and despite the demands for his release, the high commands of the military, the police and the DSS have failed to speak out on the matter.
“This situation has heightened apprehensions of high-level partisan
conspiracy to use some compromised security operatives against the opposition in Kogi state, in a desperate bid to foist the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the failed Governor Yahaya Bello on the people of Kogi state.
“Already, there is an ominous tension in Kogi state following intelligence reports filtering into the public domain that our LG Chairman is being tortured by his captors in a secret facility where his life is now in great danger”.
Further, the party said such provocative situation was capable of sparking off serious crisis in Kogi state, which location as gateway and convergence state means a lot of dire consequences for the nation, in the event of any disturbances in the area.
The PDP further called on President Muhammadu Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces to address his charade and ensure the release of the abductee.