National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has apologised to Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Governor Godwin Obaseki and Chancellor of the Edo University, Iyahmo, Dr. Makanjuola over the attack on their convoy at his country home in Estako West Local Government.
Comrade Oshiomhole said the people that carried out the attack were the thugs who invaded the university community on the orders of the Deputy Governor of the state, Hon. Philip Shaibu.
Oshiomhole stated that tension in the community started last Friday when Shaibu imported thugs into the community with a view to intimidating political opponents.
However, our correspondent cannot confirm the veracity of the allegation.
In a press statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Simon Ebegbulem, Oshiomhole said he left the convocation lecture, on Thursday, through the back door so as to avoid being attacked by the thugs who laid siege to the entrance gate of the university.
Oshiomhole said he and other guests were already in the hall when at about 11:30a.m, the deputy governor stormed the University with over 200 Okada riders and thugs.
“Security operatives accosted them at the gate and refused them entrance. The thugs started threatening the security operatives who insisted the deputy governor could enter the venue but they could not allow the thugs to gain access.”
“Following their threats, the security operatives teargassed the thugs and the deputy governor. The thugs were dispersed while the deputy governor joined other dignitaries at the venue. This created tension already in the small community.”
“However, after the event, Comrade Oshiomhole invited the Oba of Lagos, the Chancellor and others for lunch at his country home which is right opposite the university. Consequently, he left instruction at the gate that he was expecting these respected leaders.”
“So, when the visitors came, the governor drove in a bus with other officials but following the incident that occurred earlier where thugs sponsored by the deputy governor invaded the university, Iyamho youths barricaded the gate of the national chairman with a view to protecting him against any harm.”