Edo Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu, who is also a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress for the September 10 governorship election in Edo State, has explained how he escaped assassination on Saturday by some armed thugs who had come to attack him.
Speaking through the Odubu Campaign Organisation yesterday during a press briefing in Benin, he explained that he had to be shielded inside a hall to avoid â€œdirect bullet contactsâ€.
â€œSurprisingly, at Auchi, the deputy governor and his team met with passionate, patriotic (and) huge number of delegates but no sooner had the meeting begun that gunmen opened fire outside the secretariat on both security men and members of the deputy governorâ€™s entourage and delegates,â€ the campaign organisation said.
It explained further that seven persons sustained varying degrees of injuries and were receiving treatment at the University of Benin Teaching hospital.
Also speaking on behalf of the organisation, a former Minority Whip in the House of Representatives, Mr. Samson Osagie, listed the victims to include a DSS operative, Patrick Amakiri; his escort police commander, Inspector Agge Felix; and a driver, Zibiri Yakubu.
He described the attack as an act of cowardice â€œperpetrated by those who dread a free, fair and credible democratic contestâ€ and an attempt to compel the deputy governor â€œ to quit the governorship race or be eliminatedâ€.
Osagie called on the national leadership of the APC to intervene in the ongoing development in the state.
â€œThis, to us, is the height of naked display of cruelty, animosity, acrimony, intolerance, gross irresponsibility and manâ€™s inhumanity to man,â€ he added.