The All Progressives Congress (APC) has confirmed reports of an attack on the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole by political thugs.
Some youths had stormed Oshiomhole’s residence in Benin on Sunday chanting songs, ‘Oshiomhole Ole (Thief) Oshiomhole Ole (thief)’ but were dispersed by anti-riot policemen.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu in a statement on Sunday condemned the attack, saying that those behind the incident were “desperate persons who have political ambition.”
He commended Oshiomhole for “calling for calm after the apparent attempt on his life”.
The party called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammad Adamu, and other relevant security outfits to investigate the ugly incident and prosecute the sponsors and attackers.
“In Edo State, just as in any other state, everyone must be free to go about their normal and legitimate activities without harassment, intimidation, threat to life and property.
“It is clear that the sponsors of the attack are bent on causing crisis in the state in pursuit of their desperate and unpopular political interests. Human life is greater that anyone’s political ambition”, he added.
Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, had earlier denied speculation that he sponsored the attack.
Special Adviser to Governor Obaseki on Media, Crusoe Osagie, debunked the allegation, stating that the Edo State Government had absolutely no knowledge of the purported attack on the person or the residence of Oshiomhole.
“We have no knowledge of the attack. We have also reached out to the Police, and they affirmed that they do not know about such an attack,” he said.
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