The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki and Chancellor of the Edo University, Iyahmo; Dr Aderemi Makanjuola, escaped injuries by whiskers on Saturday, November 2.
They were attacked by thugs at the residence of former Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. Equally important, Oshiomhole is the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obaseki and the other guests were attending at the maiden convocation ceremony of the Edo University, Iyahmo; Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State.
An eyewitness disclosed that the Oba of Lagos and the governor had gone to Oshiomhole’s house. Further, the source revealed that both men had gone to honour the former governor’s invitation to lunch after the ceremony at the university.
According to him, “The former governor’s house is just opposite the university. Governor Obaseki, the Oba of Lagos and other guests had gone to Oshiomhole’s house for lunch; when they were attacked by thugs led by one Romeo.”
It took the intervention of the governor’s security to prevent a blood bath as several vehicles were smashed by the thugs.
However, Oshiomhole, while apologizing to those attacked; alleged that the Deputy Governor of the state; Philip Shaibu had sent the thugs who invaded the university community to carry out the attack. Furthermore, Oshiomhole claimed the tension in the community started last Friday when Shaibu supposedly imported thugs into the community; with a view to intimidate political opponents; accusations which Shaibu denied.
Meanwhile, Musa Ebomhiana, Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor in a statement said Shaibu was on the entourage of the Governor; when the unfortunate incident happened and could not have led the attack on the dignitaries.
He said, “The Deputy Governor could not have caused the unfortunate incident that happened this evening. The Governor, his deputy, Oba of Lagos and their entourage were at the gate of the National Chairman; Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to pay him the usual homage since they were in his domain.
“Surprisingly, the large crowd that gathered at the gate brutally attacked the convoy, destroying three cars in the process. The convoy had to quickly turn and came back to the varsity campus.
“So, how did the DG cause it, could he have arranged his own attack? In fact, they were there on the invitation of the Comrade himself.”