The battle for the governorship ticket of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Edo State took a dangerous turn on Saturday as the incumbent Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pius Odubu escaped death by whisker in Auchi as Gun men shot at him and his aides inside the APC Secretariat in Auchi.
According to ionigeria.com reporter, who was at the scene, Dr. Odubu was shot at when he was being received by the delegates of ETSAKO West Local Government Area
Our Correspondent further reported that the shooting happened shortly after the Governor and his Deputy left a function (Party) organized by Barr. Damian Lawani, a member of the State House of Assembly representing Etsako Central Constituency at Udaba Ekperi, ETSAKO Central Local Government Area where one Akhigbe said to be the Governor’s Protocol Officer prevented The delegates from receiving The Deputy Governor at The Chairman’s house.
The Gun men invaded the venue of the Campaign at the Local Government Secretariat of APC and opened fire on the Deputy Governor and other people at the venue.
Seven persons were critically injured including the Odubu’s escort commander and an SSS official attached to him. They are currently receiving treatment at Fate Medical Centre in Auchi.
The guard Commander of the Deputy Governor’s Police team was hit as he covered his boss from being hit by the ballets
According to a source close to the Deputy Governor who spoke on the condition of anonymity, “This is another attempt to intimidate the Deputy Governor out of the Governorship race”.
“Since the race for the Edo government house began some months ago Governor Adams Oshiomhole has device several means to stop the Deputy Governor from contesting the upcoming APC primaries including suspending party officials and sacking appointees loyal to the Deputy Governor, APC is on trial in Edo State. The National Secretariat of the party must intervene to save the party from further drifting in Edo State”, the source added