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Odubu, APC differ over alleged attack on campaign team




• Edo govt says dep. gov’s assassination theory is false

Edo State Deputy Governor, Pius Odubu and some chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday differed on the alleged attack on members of his campaign team when he visited Auchi in Etsako West Local Council of the state.

The Odubu campaign organisation yesterday called on the national leadership of APC to immediately intervene in the political development of the party in Edo State ahead of the September governorship election.

Briefing newsmen in Benin City, Director of Strategy and Planning of Odubu Campaign Organisation, Samson Osagie, said: “The campaign train members were meeting with the delegates when gunmen came from nowhere and opened fire outside the secretariat on both security men and members of the deputy governor’s entourage and delegates. It was such a shocking and gory sight to behold as the deputy governor had to be shielded to avoid stray bullet contact.”

Osagie said six persons sustained bullet wounds, among them an SSS officer, a police Inspector and four others who are now receiving treatment at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and Auchi.

Meanwhile, the Edo State government yesterday said its attention had been drawn to a newspaper report and subsequent press statement by the Odubu Campaign Organisation on the alleged assassination attempt on Dr. Pius Odubu, the deputy governor of Edo State and a gubernatorial aspirant of the APC.

A statement issued yesterday by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Kassim Afegbua, said, among others: “While we condemn in very strong terms the ugly incident at Auchi, we note, however, that the conclusion of the Odubu Campaign Organisation on alleged assassination attempt appears hasty as preliminary reports suggest that the fracas at Auchi was caused by thugs loyal to the Odubu campaign organisation imported in two truck-loads to Auchi who attacked other party loyalists not sold to the deputy governor’s.”

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