Edo crisis: Thugs attack Obaseki, Oba others at Oshiomhole’s residence

In the wake of the crisis rocking the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Governor Godwin Obaseki’s has been attacked by suspected thugs at Iyamho country home of the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.

The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu Obaseki and Pro-Chancellor of Edo University, Iyamho, Prof. T.O.K. Audu were on their way to Oshiomhole’s house with Obaseki when some youths at the residence allegedly sighted the man alleged to have led the attack on Oshiomhole’s Benin home Andrew Momodu recently.

The incident occurred after the governor and the other guests had attended the maiden convocation of the university in Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.

Recounting the event, an eyewitness said, “The governor, Oba of Lagos and other guests had gone to Oshiomhole’s house for lunch when they were attacked by thugs led by one Romeo said to be one of Oshiomhole’s cousins.”

It took the intervention of the governor’s security to prevent a bloodbath as several vehicles were smashed by the hoodlums.

However, a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the APC National Chairman, Simon Ebegbulem, in a statement blamed Shaibu for the attack.

Ebegbulem said, “The incident that occurred at the gate of the National Chairman of the APC in his Iyamho country home is unfortunate and the national chairman expresses his apologies to the governor, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, and Chancellor of Edo University, Dr Aderemi Makanjuola, whom he holds in high esteem.

“But I want to state that the people who unleashed mayhem on vehicles were the thugs who invaded the university community on the orders of the deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu.”

He said the tension in the community started on Friday when Shaibu allegedly brought thugs into the community with a view to intimidating political opponents.

Meanwhile, Governor Godwin Obaseki condemned the attack on him, Oba Akiolu, Makanjuola and other guests at the residence of Oshiomhole, describing the incident as shameful.

He said, “It is very unfortunate that we can’t feel safe in the house of our national chairman. I am not sure that if I visit the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party that they will attack me the way they did in the house of the APC National Chairman.

“It is unfortunate that things have degenerated to this extent. But we will continue to seek peace. We cannot afford to lose the gains of the last three years. We will continue to pursue peace.”

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