The political crisis in Bayelsa State took a worrisome dimension when an aide to former Governor Timipre Sylva of the state, Tonye Okio, was Saturay morning abducted by unknown gunmen from his Abuja residence.
Okio is a leader of the New Peoples Democratic Party in the state and one of the most ardent critics of President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Seriake Dickson’s administration.
Following his abduction, the Bayelsa Democratic front (BDF), a Yenagoa based group, yesterday linked his incident to his critical views on political issues in the state.
The group, in a statement signed by its President-General, Promise Okpoebi, said "until evidence is adduced contrary, we strongly suspect that Sir Okio's abduction is linked to his current political convictions, including his open membership of the New PDP in Bayelsa State."
The group said the fact that Okio's phones and that of his sister who was leaving with him at the time of abduction were seized was a pointer to the fact that the action may have political undertones.
BDF lamented that all efforts to establish communication with Okio and his abductors had proved abortive.
"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.
"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 PDP in Bayelsa State."
The group therefore demanded for the immediate and unconditional release of the politician.