Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), has apologised to Governor Godwin Obaseki; Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, and Chancellor of the Edo State University, Iyahmo, Dr. Makanjuola, over the attack on their convoy at his (Oshiomhole) country home in Estako West Local Government while they were on transit, recently.
The APC National Chairman pointed out that the people who carried out the attack have an affiliation with the Deputy Governor of the state, Hon Philip Shaibu, adding that they were spotted to be the same thugs who invaded the university community.
Oshiomole alleges that the tension in the community spurred since last Friday when Shaibu imported thugs into the community in a bid to intimidate political opponents.
On Thursday, Mr. Simon Ebegbulem, Oshiomole’s Chief Press Secretary, issued the statement where the former governor of Edo State pointed out that Shaibu made his exit at the convocation lecture hall through the back in order to avoid being attacked by the thugs who laid siege at the entrance gate of the university.
In his statement, he says, “Security operatives accosted them at the gate and refused them entrance. The thugs started threatening the security operatives who insisted the deputy governor can enter the venue but they will not allow the thugs to gain access.
“Following their threats the security operatives tear gassed the thugs and the deputy governor. The thugs were dispersed while the deputy governor joined other dignitaries at the venue. This created tension already in the small community.
“However, after the event, Comrade Oshiomhole invited the Oba of Lagos, the Chancellor and others for lunch at his country home which is right opposite the university. Consequently, he left instruction at the gate that he was expecting these respected leaders.
“So when the visitors came, the governor drove in a bus with other officials but following the incident that occurred earlier where thugs sponsored by the deputy governor invaded the university, Iyamho youths barricaded the gate of the national chairman with a view to protecting him against any harm.
“Unfortunately, these youths sighted Andrew Momodu, Osaigbovo Iyoha in the bus which conveyed the governor to Oshiomhole’s residence. They decided to stop them from entering the compound because these were the same people who led the thugs that attacked Oshiomhole’s residence in Benin City penultimate week.
“While this confusion was on, the thugs brought by the deputy governor started destroying the vehicles belonging to Oshiomhole’s kinsmen,” he alleged.
“I want to state clearly that the vehicles destroyed were not in the convoy of the governor. The thugs targeted the vehicles belonging to Oshiomhole’s relations and friend and destroyed them. Thank God for the intervention of soldiers and other security operatives who came to restore peace.
“This would not have happened if not for the thugs who invaded the community loyal to the deputy governor.
“However, Comrade Oshiomhole expresses his sincere apologies to the governor, the revered Oba of Lagos and the Chancellor over the unfortunate incident,” the National APC Chairman added.