Barely four weeks to the Edo governorship election, the security operatives in Edo State foiled an attempt by armed thugs allegedly sponsored by the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and APC’s governorship candidate, Ize –Iyamu, in Apana community in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
Newsflash247 gathered the reports that there was a shootout in the area as thugs alleged to be in Adams Oshiomhole’s camp attempted to scuttle the rally.
The campaign tour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, returned to some parts of Etsako West Local Government Area which was initially suspended Oshiomhole by his party.
On his way to Apana ward 10, the electoral ward of the former Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, armed thugs of the APC staged a resistance against the Governor and his entourage to stop the PDP from holding its rally. What could have resulted in chaos was, however, averted by security operatives.
Meanwhile, the Edo State Government has condemned the attack on Governor Obaseki and his supporters during his campaign at Etsako West, ward 10, in Edo North Local Government Area.
Obaseki had embarked on a ward-to-ward campaign to seek for votes ahead of the September 19 governorship election, but his campaign train came under attack by suspected hoodlums.
The governor’s Special Adviser, Media and Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said, “The Governor’s campaign team was attacked today (Thursday) by men believed to be sponsored by Adams Oshiomhole and Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“The reason why we are so sure is because the governor is embarking on a ward to ward campaign, not local government like the APC is doing.
“The governor was just actually arriving at the ward that Oshiomhole belongs to which is Etsako West ward 10; so some people were planted close to the location and started shooting at the governor’s campaign team. The plan was to scare the governor from coming and scare away the governor’s supporters who were already there.
“And interestingly the people didn’t even run away. I heard that a child was hit by a stray bullet from a locally-made gun and fortunately the child survived. But the governor still went ahead to hold the rally after the irresponsible behaviour of the hoodlums.”
However, the Head of Media, APC campaign committee, John Mayaki, described the allegation as baseless.
He said, “We should all go out to campaign. I am busy in my village campaigning. All they do is accusing. I really don’t want to respond. We should be campaigning now and trying to win votes for our parties.
“The campaign should be issue-based. I am not interested in accusation against Oshiomohle because he is not event contesting in the election. They have been spreading falsehood about him. They should go and campaign.”