By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Campaign Organisation in Bayelsa State has described the abduction of Nancy Dickson, younger sister of Governor Seriake Dickson, as politically motivated.
Nancy Dickson, aged 26 and her sales girl were kidnapped Saturday at 2.50 p.m. by four armed men at the Okaka suburb of Yenagoa, a development that heightened security at the entry and exit points in the state capital.
The gunmen, who drove in an ash coloued Lexus SUV, reportedly trailed the governor’s younger sister to her shop where she was forcibly taken away with her sales girl to an unknown destination.
Condemning the incident, the PDP, through the Publicity Director of the Restoration Campaign Organisation, RCO, Jonathan Obuebite, warned the immediate family members and relations of the governor to be mindful of their movement and those they associate with.
It said that security reports at its disposal revealed more kidnappings between now and the January 9, re-run election in the state.
The move, the Restoration Campaign Organisation said, was part of the grand design to destabilise the incumbent governor ahead of the re-run governorship poll, in which the PDP has clinched six out of the seven declared councils as against the APC’s one.
The campaign organisation said that kidnapping, maiming of law abiding citizens and other acts of criminality, had been on the increase since the botched governorship primaries of the APC in the state.
The RC called on well-meaning Bayelsans and Nigerians to join in condemning the act, “as this brand of politics will not augur well for a country like Nigeria, which is still building its political institutions, so as to be counted as one of the leading democracies in the world.”
According to the campaign outfit, “This is taking politics too far and it will not augur well for our democracy. We are condemning it and we call on well meaning Bayelsans and Nigerians to speak up now and condemn it.
“We are calling on the security agencies to step up efforts to ensure the quick release of the governor’s younger sister, as well as arrest and bring the perpetrators to book. We also advise all close relations and aides of the governor to be mindful of places they visit and persons they associate with.
“The PDP will not allow itself to be intimidated, but will remain focused until it emerges victorious in the re-run election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.”