Gunmen Kidnap PDP Chairman In Plateau State
It's just two days away to the National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but like a prophecy that comes true, a chieftain of the party is already missing.
Reports says the chairman of the PDP in Plateau State, Damishi Sango, has been kidnapped by gunmen.
The former minister of sports was abducted on Wednesday, December 6, along Abuja-Jos Road, the New Telegraph reported.
A family source said the PDP chairman was on his way to attend the party’s national convention scheduled for Saturday, December 9.
His abduction has been confirmed by the spokesman for the party in the state, John Akans.
According to him, the former minister left Jos around 2:00 p.m. and was on his way to Abuja when the gunmen forced him to stop, whisked him and his driver away while abandoning his SUV.
The party spokesperson condemned the act and called on security agencies respond swiftly.
Reports of his abduction are coming hours after the PDP alleged on Wednesday that some “overzealous elements” in the All Progressive Congress (APC) are planning to disrupt the party’s national convention in Abuja.
A statement by the spokesman for the National Caretaker of the Party, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, said President Muhammadu Buhari was not involved in the plot but that some members of his party were out to cause confusion.
"We have credible information that some overzealous elements in the APC Government want to disrupt the PDP national convention.
"It is not from the very top; they know that if we have a hitch-free convention, it will mark the end of APC in power.
"We call on President Buhari to investigate and ensure that those who want to disrupt the convention refrain from doing so," he said.
It is not clear if Sango’s adoption is linked to the claims of the PDP, but the rate of kidnapping for ransom has increased along that axis.
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Few days ago, a former Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, Ayo Arise, was abducted on Okene-Abuja Highway.
The abductors have demanded for 80 million Naira as ransom for his release.
Kidnapping has become a thriving illicit trade in Nigeria with huge sums usually collected before victims are released.