By Dayo Johnson
A six-man gang, weekend, kidnapped the Ondo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr Tayo Dairo, at Okada in Edo State.
Family source hinted that the kidnappers who equally abducted his driver, Sola Oladoye,Â are demanding for N50 million ransom before he could be released.
Dairo was reportedly trailed from Iju Odo, in Okitipupa council area of Ondo State, the country home of the immediate past Governor, Olusegun Agagu at about 8pm on Saturday.
The gang according to sources, stopped him on getting to Okada in Edo State where he and the driver were abducted and taken to an unknown destination.
Vanguard learnt that when he got to Okada in Edo State, the kidnappers blocked his official Toyota Camry car with registration No FG 153 Q12 and asked his driver, Sola and himself to disembark from the car.
A family source said the kidnappers had phoned them to demand for N50million ransom before he could be released.
Contacted, the Publicity Secretary of the State PDP, Chief Adeyemi Adedipe, expressed regret at what has become the recurrent threat to live and property within the countryâ€™s political space and pledged that the party would leave no stone unturned in the efforts to secure the release of the chairman.
Adedipe who also regretted â€œthe untoward eventâ€, confirmed that contact had been made with the chairman and the kidnappers and disclosed that â€œthe Chairman is hale and heartyâ€ as he urged party members â€œto remain calm because we are on top of the situation.”
Also reacting to the development, the state government enjoined the security agencies to do all in their part to ensureÂ immediate release of Dr Tayo Dairo and bring the culprits to book.
The Chief Press Secretary to the State Governor, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi Olabisi, however,Â cautioned against the politicization of the kidnap saga which the government described as unfortunate and a national malaise that must be arrested in the overall interest of innocent citizens of Nigeria and for the nationâ€™s corporate image.
He assured that no stone would be left unturned in its desire to ensure the safety of lives and property in Ondo State.