National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has spoken on the attack on the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, and Chancellor of the Edo State University, Iyahmo, Dr. Makanjuola, at his (Oshiomhole) country home in Estako West Local Government.
The APC chairman, while apologizing to those attacked, alleged that the Deputy Governor of the state, Philip Shaibu had sent the thugs who invaded the university community to carry out the attack.
Oshiomhole claimed the tension in the community started last Friday when Shaibu supposedly imported thugs into the community with a view to intimidate political opponents; accusations which shuaibu denied.
Musa Ebomhiana, Chief press secretary to the deputy governor in a statement said Shaibu was on the entourage of the Governor when the unfortunate incident happened and could not have led the attack on the dignitaries.
He said, “The Deputy Governor could not have caused the unfortunate incident that happened this evening. The Governor, his deputy, Oba of Lagos and their entourage were at the gate of the National Chairman of our great party, comrade Adams Oshiomhole to pay him the usual homage since they were in his domain.
“Surprisingly, the large crowd that gathered at the gate brutally attacked the convoy, destroying three cars in the process. The convoy had to quickly turn and came back to the varsity campus.
“So, how did the DG cause it, could he have arranged his own attack? In fact, they were there on the invitation of the Comrade himself.”
However, Oshiomhole in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, recalled that he left the convocation lecture on Thursday through the back so as to avoid being attacked by the thugs who laid siege to the entrance gate of the university.
He explained that some thugs had on Saturday tried to gain entrance into the venue but were resisted by security operatives who had to disperse them with use of tear gas.
The statement added that Oshiomhole, after the event, invited the Oba of Lagos, the Chancellor and others for lunch at his country home, opposite the university. Consequently, he left instruction at the gate that he was expecting these respected leaders.
“So when the visitors came, the governor drove in a bus with other officials but following the incident that occurred earlier where thugs sponsored by the deputy governor invaded the university, Iyamho youths barricaded the gate of the national chairman with a view to protecting him against any harm.
“Unfortunately, these youths sighted Andrew Momodu, Osaigbovo Iyoha in the bus which conveyed the governor to Oshiomhole’s residence. They decided to stop them from entering the compound because these were the same people who led the thugs that attacked Oshiomhole’s residence in Benin City penultimate week.
“While this confusion was on, the thugs brought by the deputy governor started destroying the vehicles belonging to Oshiomhole’s kinsmen.
“I want to state clearly that the vehicles destroyed were not in the convoy of the governor. The thugs targeted the vehicles belonging to Oshiomhole’s relations and friend and destroyed them. Thank God for the intervention of soldiers and other security operatives who came to restore peace.
“This would not have happened if not for the thugs who invaded the community loyal to the deputy governor.
“However, Comrade Oshiomhole expresses his sincere apologies to the governor, the revered Oba of Lagos and the Chancellor over the unfortunate incident.”
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