Edo deputy gov organised over 1,000 people, thugs to disgrace me – Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of APC, Adam Oshiomhole Photo: The Nation

The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has accused the Edo Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, of  masterminding the attack on his residence in Iyamho on Saturday.

The former Edo State governor stated this on Sunday during a news briefing in his Abuja residence.

Oshiomhole said Shaibu mobilised over 1,000 people to boo him and “celebrate it in the media that the comrade-chairman was booed in his own community.”

He urged Governor Godwin Obaseki to caution his deputy, Shaibu, whom he accused of having “high propensity for violence.”

The Punch quoted him to have said, “I decided that I should use this medium to speak to the unfortunate incident that happened in my community on (Saturday) after the convocation ceremony at the Edo University. Like I already directed my press secretary to do yesterday, obviously it was my decision to invite the Chancellor and his entourage including His Royal Majesties, Oba Akiolu, Oba Otudeko and other dignitaries.

“I personally invited them to join me for lunch which they graciously accepted and so it is unthinkable that I will invite people for lunch and I will make arrangements to disrupt or prevent my guests from coming to my house. So, any suggestion that I had an idea of what happened, nothing can be farther from the truth.

“When I discovered that something had gone wrong, I went to the gate and by then they had gone. I tried to speak with the governor. I called him, the phone rang out but at least I was able to speak with the Chancellor and his wife and I am happy that they fully understood.”

Oshiomhole added that he got information about the huge presence of thugs imported into the university community and told the Inspector General of Police about it.

“However, this whole thing was unfortunate because it was organised by the state government. By Thursday evening, and you can crosscheck with the Inspector General of Police, I had information that the Deputy Governor asked some people to organise 1,000 people to the university community.“

“The whole idea was for them to boo me and celebrate it in the media that the comrade-chairman was booed in his own community. The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, who delivered the convocation lecture was also a witness.“I conveyed the message to the IGP to prevent thugs being imported to the place by the deputy governor.

“Some few minutes later the governor himself arrived and Mr Emefiele went to him and said to him, ‘what are these people doing here?’“He said to the governor that if those people were there, he wasn’t going to deliver the convocation lecture because he didn’t come to do politics, he just came to perform a normal intellectual activity which was the convocation lecture” he said.

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