The Edo State Government Thursday blamed the attack on the campaign train of Governor Godwin Obaseki at Etsako West Wars 10, on the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to reports, Obaseki had embarked on a ward-to-ward campaign to seek for votes ahead of the September 19 governorship election, but his campaign train came under attack by suspected hoodlums.
The governor’s Special Adviser, Media and Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said in a statement: “The Governor’s campaign team was attacked today (Thursday) by men believed to be sponsored by Adams Oshiomhole and Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“The reason why we are so sure is because the governor is embarking on a ward to ward campaign, not local government like the APC is doing.
“The governor was just actually arriving at the ward that Oshiomhole belongs to which is Etsako West ward 10; so some people were planted close to the location and started shooting at the governor’s campaign team. The plan was to scare the governor from coming and scare away the governor’s supporters who were already there.
“And interestingly the people didn’t even run away. I heard that a child was hit by a stray bullet from a locally-made gun and fortunately the child survived. But the governor still went ahead to hold the rally after the irresponsible behaviour of the hoodlums.”
Reacting to the allegation, the Head of Media, APC campaign committee, John Mayaki, described it as baseless.
He said: “We should all go out to campaign. I am busy in my village campaigning. All they do is accusing. I really don’t want to respond. We should be campaigning now and trying to win votes for our parties.
“The campaign should be issue-based. I am not interested in accusation against Oshiomohle because he is not even contesting in the election. They have been spreading falsehood about him. They should go and campaign.”