The All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied giving the sum of N13 million to suspected kidnapper, Hamisu Balla, popularly known as Wadume.
Wadume, who is currently being detained by the police had been quoted by a national daily as saying he ‘received N6m from a sitting governor and N13m from APC.’
“I was also given N13million by the APC to prosecute the 2019 presidential election but I spent only seven million. I also defrauded a civil servant from Ibi of N30million,” he allegedly said.
Reacting to the claim in a statement on Saturday, the APC spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu, distanced the party from the suspect and his claims noting that the party did not have a budget for political thugs.
He challenged the suspect to identify who gave him the money.
“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.”