APC, PDP Gave Me Millions For 2019 Elections – ‘Kidnap Kingpin’ Wadume


Hamisu Bala, suspected kidnap kingpin better known as Wadume, has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) gave him N13 million for the February 23 presidential election.

According to New Telegraph, Wadume said this while confessing to the detectives interrogating him, adding that he defrauded some politicians, including Darius Ishaku, governor of Taraba state, who allegedly gave him N6 million.

Mr. Ishaku belongs the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

However, the notorious kidnapper did not give details of what the money allegedly paid to him by the ruling party was for.

But claimed he made politicians believe that he possessed spiritual powers that he could use to make them win elections.

He said, “I went into crime after some politicians approached me through a friend, Babaginda Musa. My friend was into fishing too. I was introduced into politics by Honourable Haruna Maintable, who contested for the state house of assembly during the 2015 general elections,” Wadume said.

“He gave me vehicle and I campaigned for him. He won and later gave me N300, 000 and the vehicle we used in the campaign.

“I was also given N13 million by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pursue the 2019 presidential election. I spent only N7 million.”

Wadume said he contested the Taraba state house of assembly election on the platform of the Young Democratic Party (YDP) but “pulled out of the election and took my supporters to support the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).”

Meanwhile, Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC spokesman, reacting to the claim, said he is not aware of any such transaction.

Wadume was rearrested recently in Kano after he was released by soldiers in Taraba following his arrest by the intelligence response team (IRT) of the inspector-general of police.

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