Yenagoa — Following the abduction of the aide of the former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva yesterday in Abuja, the Bayelsa Democratic Front (BDF) has alleged that the fate of the former Governor's aide was not unconnected to his critical comments against President Goodluck Jonathan.
In a statement signed by the President-General of the organizaton, Promise Okpoebi, the group said that the kidnapped former Governor's aide, Sir Tonye Okio Okio served under the administration of ex-Governor Timipre Sylva, stressing that he has remained a loyal aide of the former governor.
"Okio's comments, especially on the social media, about Jonathan and his involvement with the nPDP, whose members are currently being hounded in Bayelsa State, had rankled with many in Abuja and Yenagoa before the news of his abduction on Saturday from his Abuja residence.
"Until evidence is adduced to the contrary, we strongly suspect that Sir Okio's abduction is linked to his current political convictions, including his open membership of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) in Bayelsa State."
"As we of the Bayelsa Democratic Front (BDF) write this statement, we have not been able to establish the identity of Sir Okio's abductors or establish communication with him. But we know it as a matter of fact that since leaving office along with former Governor Timipre Sylva, Okio has remained a fiercely loyal aide of his principal. He has also been a known social media critic of the Goodluck Jonathan syndicate and their puppet administration in Yenagoa."