The All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that the party does not have a budget for thugs, adding that the era of allocating money to kidnappers and murderers ended with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
APC was reacting to allegations by arrested kidnap kingpin, Hamisu Bala (popularly known as Wadume) that the party gave him N13million ahead of the February 23 presidential election.
Wadume had also claimed that the Governor of Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, gave him N6million for the elections.
In a statement on Saturday, APC spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, maintained that the party could not have allocated resources to thugs.
He said, “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 PDP.
“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,” Issa-Onilu said.
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