Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
Few days after his declaration of intent to run for the governorship on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State gubernatorial election fixed for September 10 this year, some political thugs allegedly attacked the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu and his entourage at Auchi, headquarters of Etsako West local government.
A policeman, an operative of the State Security Service (SSS) and three civilians were said to have been injured during the attack.
Odubu, who declared his intention to contest for the governorship ticket of the APC last Wednesday, was denied access to APC Secretariat at Fugar, headquarters of Etsako Central local government area on the alleged instruction of a Deputy Director of Protocol in Government House who incidentally is from the area.
He was scheduled to meet with party delegates from the area but met the gates of Secretariat under lock and key, a situation that was said to have angered some delegates who forced the gate open to enable the Deputy Governor meet with them outside the Secretariat.
Odubu was said to have left Fugar for Auchi and was meeting with delegates when thugs were said to have suddenly appeared, firing gunshots and destroying canopies.
“We ran for our dear lives. They injured a policeman, an SSS operative and three civilians and destroyed canopies”, a source close to venue said.
When contacted, the Edo state Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Abiodun Osifo, said he got the report of the attack and that his men had been drafted to the place.