A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Victor Olabimtan, who was on Sunday abducted by unknown gunmen on his way to Abuja, has been asked to pay a N20m ransom before his release.
He was said to have been kidnapped at Kwali, a suburd of Abuja in the evening.
It was learnt that the kidnappers had reached out to his family members demanding N20m as ransom.
Olabimtan, a former Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, last Thursday, in Akure formally declared his intention to run for the governorship election in the state on the platform of APC.
Confirming the incident on Monday, the director of publicity of the APC in the state, Steve Otaloro, said the kidnappers had got in touch with Olabimtan’s Initiative For Change and Emancipation to make a N20million demand.
“We are deeply concerned and saddened that an esteemed Nigerian is in this trouble and will like to appeal to security agencies to expedite action on his rescue,” he said.
“Our deepest sympathy goes to his family at this trying time as we continue to appeal to all Nigerians to continue to condemn and denounce such acts in our society.”
Governorship election will be held in the state in October this year.