The Edo State Government has described the assassination claim by the deputy governor, Dr. Pius Odubu as “lousy” and “laughable”. It will be recalled that Odubu alleged that he escaped assassination on Saturday at the All Progressive Congress (APC) secretariat in Etsako West Local Government Area of the state. Click here if you missed it
It said this in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation Prince Kassim Afegbua. It read:
It is instructive to note that the deputy governor was inside the secretariat building of the APC in company with 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.
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 a 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.
The chairman of the APC in Etsako West local government area, Alhaji Abubakar Akokhia has also debunked claims that the attack was not targeted at the deputy governor.
Akokhia also said that before the arrival of the deputy governor, there were thugs who were gathered around the secretariat building, which he (Akokhia) refused entry because they were not delegates.
“There was no directive that we should not receive the deputy. Maybe it was the thugs he brought that did the shooting. When the Deputy Governor came. There were crowd outside and they were shouting, ‘You don win, You don win.’ Later we heard them shooting.
Anybody that said the attack was directed at the deputy is a black liar. We were together inside my office. He was inside my office during the shooting.
Nobody planed to kill deputy governor. We agreed to host him. Who is planning to kill him. He should reduce the number of his entourage. The cars that came with him were more than 20,” Akokhia said.