The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Gov. Ayodele Fayose on Wednesday accused President Muhammadu Buhari led-government of staging the abduction and eventual release of 104 pupils of Government Girls Science and Technical College, to score political points.
The girls were released on Wednesday after over a month in captivity.
PDP’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan at a press briefing yesterday, cast doubts over the abduction and the subsequently release. saying both events were orchestrated by the government to whip up sympathy for President Buhari ahead of 2019 election.
“Our party considers this act as wicked, callous and tormenting to use innocent schoolgirls as pawns in an ignoble script that was designed to hoodwink Nigerians and orchestrate a great rescue and security prowess of a conquering General, all to push a 2019 re-election bid, is an unpardonable gamble with human lives,” the party said.
On his part, Fayose described the abduction and the release as a drama scripted by the government and its agents to swindle Nigerians.
The governor stated this in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka.
It reads: “This appears like an arranged abduction and an arranged release, but we thank God that the innocent girls have returned home and we condole with parents of those that died.
“Curiously, the same spirit who made sure that all military checkpoints in Dapchi and other surrounding towns were removed to pave way for abduction of the girls also made sure that the girls were returned without any security agent seeing them.”