Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, on Monday described the Saturday attack on Governor Godwin Obaseki, the Oba of Lagos and others as the deliberate design of the All Progressives Congress National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Recall that on Sunday, Oshiomhole alleged that the deputy governor mobilized over 200 commercial motorcycle riders (Okada riders) and thugs to the venue of the convocation of the Edo University, Iyamho to embarrass him and his guests.
Oshiomhole alleged the whole essence of the attack on him was to create an impression that he was no longer popular at home. But a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to deputy governor, Mr Musa Ebomhiana, denied the allegation.
He said, “In fact, the deputy governor was himself a victim of the Saturday attack considering the fact that he was actually in the same bus with the governor, Oba of Lagos and other dignitaries
“I see this as clearly a case of entrapment, because the national chairman invited them to his house knowing very well that he had prepared for them an attack by his political infantry as the statement dished out at the Sunday press conference did not add up,” he said.
The deputy governor claimed the simple truth was that the national chairman felt offended and intimidated by the huge crowd of party youths that came out in solidarity with the governor.
“He then decided to teach the governor and his deputy a lesson by organizing those misguided elements to take up arms against the state. He should be courageous enough to own up to his design.”
Musa described the deputy governor as a man of peace and honor, who had never been associated with thuggery or violence. “As much as I would not want to banter words with our highly respected national chairman, Nigerians know better between him and the Edo State deputy governor who has thugs as associates.”