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The fight between Adams Oshiomhole and the governor Godwin Obaseki caught strangers in the middle during a ceremony in Iyamoh, Edo State.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole accused the deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu for the violence on the governor, Godwin Obaseki and the Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu.
The incident happened on Saturday at Oshiomhole native home, Iyamoh during the convocation ceremony of the Edo University.
Obaseki, Akiolu and Chancellor of Edo State University, Aderemi Makanjuola.
The statement accusing Shaibu was signed by Simon Ebegbelem the media aide of the APC.
Ebegbulem said Shaibu stirred up the crisis when he visited the community on Friday.
“I want to state that the people who unleashed mayhem on vehicles were the thugs who invaded the university community on the orders of the deputy governor of the state, Philip Shaibu,” he said.
“The tension in the community started last Friday when the deputy governor imported thugs into the community with a view to intimidate political opponents.
“The Central Bank governor who delivered a lecture at the convocation ceremony that Friday insisted that the thugs who were disturbing the public must stop the noise-making before he could commence his lecture. Security agents helped to ensure peace before the event started. As a matter of fact, Comrade Oshiomhole left the event through the back to avoid being attacked by the thugs who laid siege at the entrance gate of the university.
“Then today (Saturday) which was the main event, the governor, the national chairman of APC, Comrade Oshiomhole and other guests were already in the hall when at about 11:30 am, the deputy governor stormed the University with over 200 Okada riders and thugs.
“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.”
The media aide said his boss has tendered an unreserved apology to the chancellor and the Oba of Lagos.
In his reaction, Obaseki said it was sad that even he wasn’t safe in the home of his Chairman.
“It is very unfortunate that we can’t feel safe in the house of our national chairman,” Crusoe Osagie, media aide of Obaseki, quoted the governor as saying when he spoke with reporters after the incident.
“I am not sure that if I visit the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that they will attack me the way they did in the house of the APC National Chairman.
“It is unfortunate that things have degenerated to this extent. But we will continue to pursue peace. We cannot afford to lose the gains of the last three years. We will continue to pursue peace.”