By Ralph Izokpu
The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has condemned the attack on his campaign train by hoodlums at Ward 10, Apana, Uzairue, Etsako West Local Government Area, home community of the former National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The attack which occured yesterday, lasted over five minutes as the security agents attached to the governor and the campaign train engaged in a gun battle with the hoodlums hired by unknown persons to disrupt the rally.
As the exchange of gun duel ended, the hoodlums abandoned their motorcycles and took to their heels having been overpowered.
Unfortunately however, it was noticed that a little boy (minor) who was probably on an errand, was hit by a stray bullet, and was immediately rushed to an undisclosed hospital.
The campaign at Ward 10 in Apana resumed after normalcy had been restored.
Addressing the gathering Obaseki said: “You see what happened now. Oshiomhole has allegedly hired thugs to attack us so that we will not campaign in Apana.
“It’s a shame that someone from this area can’t fix roads for his people. This road, Apana-Iriakho, leads to the house of Lucky James but was not fixed, but by October, I will bring bulldozers to commence the construction of the road.
“We will improve the healthcare system in this area, improve the Auchi General Hospital and open the one at Otuo.
“We will bring real empowerment to the people and improve agriculture through provision of seedlings, fertilizer and loans.”
Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu (who is always dress in brown safari suits, reminiscent of Oshiomhole’s mode of dressing as labour leader and first time gobernor), urged the people never to be afraid or intimidated by any attack.
He further called on them to “use your Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) to vote out the APC come September 19, governorship election”.
On his part, Patrick Inobemhe, a top political leader in the area, appealed to the governor to help improve their healthcare system to stop their people from seeking healthcare service outside the area.