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In Edo Attacked APC Governorship candidate says his attackers are cowards

The attack was believed to be part of a plot to frustrate Obaseki's campaign campaign.

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship hopeful in Edo state, Mr Godwin Obaseki, who was attacked on Sunday, May 8, has described his attackers as cowards.

The attack was believed to be part of a plot to frustrate his campaign.

Obaseki said irrespective of their plots, his burning desire to serve the people of the state will propel him to victory.

Meanwhile, his attackers have been arrested by the police in the state. Three persons were arrested in connection to the attack, with two locally made pistols recovered from them.

police spokesman in the state, DSP Abiodun Osifo, who confirmed the arrests, said that the Command is still investigating the incident.

“The suspects are with us and the intelligence unit of the Command is investigating the incident to ascertain the true picture of the attack. Until after investigation I cannot tell you more,”  Osifo said.

Also, in a statement signed by the Obaseki Campaign Organisation and made available to newsmen in Benin City, it described the attack as a "shock".

“Obaseki have been moving peacefully to visit delegates across the 192 wards of the state and has successfully been canvassing for their votes without running anybody down. The attack on his campaign train at Sobe while he was waiting to address delegates came as a huge shock to us," the statement said.

“While we await the police investigation into the matter, we urge all aspirants of our great party, the APC to caution their followers against violence and actions capable of bringing the party in a bad light. Prior to this attack, we had it on good authority that some hoodlums are being sent to our camp as spies and were mandated to cause chaos at any given opportunity.

“It is our strong belief that this election is not a do or die affair and it does not worth the blood of any person, therefore we must all comport ourselves as gentlemen and women in gthis race for governorship."

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Obaseki's campaign team also urged aspirants of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) embrace peace.

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