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Oshiomhole Edo govt. discredits deputy Governor’s assassination claim

The alleged attack occurred when the deputy Governor was meeting with some APC delegates in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo state.

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Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole

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The Edo state government has faulted claims by the deputy Governor of the state, Pius Odubu, that there was an assassination attempt on his life.

Odubu is seeking to run for Governor on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on the expiration of Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s tenure.

Premium Times reports that the alleged attack occurred when the deputy Governor was meeting with some APC delegates in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo state.

A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Kassim Afegbua reads: “While we condemn in very strong terms the ugly incident at Auchi, we note, however, that the conclusion of the Odubu Campaign Organisation on alleged assassination attempt appears hasty as preliminary reports suggest that the fracas at Auchi was caused by thugs loyal to the Odubu campaign imported in two truck-loads to Auchi who attacked other party loyalists not sold to the Deputy Governor’s aspiration.

“It is instructive to note that the Deputy Governor was inside the secretariat building of the APC in the company of the Party Chairman in the Local Government, Alhaji Umoru Akokhia, addressing the delegates while thugs loyal to him who had become unruly fired gunshots at other APC loyalists who were outside protesting against his visit.

“We gathered authoritatively that the first shots were, in fact, fired by Odubu’s security details in an attempt to scare away the party faithful who were against the hoodlums imported to their domain by the Odubu Campaign Organisation, before thugs loyal to him fired at the party’s loyalists.

“It should be noted that among those who sustained injuries are APC loyalists who are presently receiving medical attention in the hospital. It is laughable that the Odubu Campaign Organisation will allege that the Deputy Governor, with full compliments of security details, was shot at yet no casualty was recorded on the other side and nobody apprehended.

“Given the above scenario, we find it lousy for anyone to impute assassination theory as propounded by the Odubu Campaign Organisation especially when investigations are still ongoing and the Police are yet to submit their findings on the fracas. A responsible campaign organisation should have waited for investigation reports before jumping into reckless conclusions.

“The Governor has already directed the Commissioner of Police to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the incident and whoever that is found culpable will be made to face the full wrath of the law no matter how highly placed. It should be understood that democracy is all about inclusive participation and contestation of ideas, and not rule of the gun.

“Every gubernatorial aspirant who truly wants to govern the state must live by the rules of the game and not the size of his guns and political thugs. Campaigns are generally a very interesting aspect of democracy; hence, it must not be reduced to bloodletting.”

The Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole also announced the increment of salaries of workers in the state from N18,000 to N25, 000.

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