Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, on Thursday said his convoy was attacked at ward 10, Apana, Etsako west local government area of the state.
Adams Oshiomhole, former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is from the ward.
In a statement which Crusoe Osagie, his spokesman, issued on his behalf, Obaseki said the suspected thugs behind the attack were dislodged by a combined team of security personnel and vigilante groups.
The statement said Philip Shaibu, the deputy governor, alighted from his vehicle and chased the attackers.
A female police officer, who was caught recording the footage of the incident, was also said to have been attacked.
Addressing members of PDP and supporters at Apana village square, Obaseki alleged that Oshiomhole had made several attempts to scuttle his re-election.
He said the forthcoming poll will determine who will take charge of the levers of power in Edo politics.
“As we were coming here (Village Square in Apana), you heard what happened. They went to hire thugs and began to shoot to prevent us from coming here. On September 19, 2020, use your permanent voter card (PVC) to ‘pepper them’,” he said.
“Ward 10 is a special ward. This election is special. It will show who is in charge of politics in Edo State. For all my eight years in government, you know what I did for Comrade Oshiomhole. He said it with his mouth. I supported him to be the governor. I raised funds for him. I worked for him and Edo State for eight years without receiving a dime.”
When contacted, Chidi Nwabuzor, police public relations officer in the state, told TheCable he was not aware of the incident.
There is tension in the state ahead of the September 19 election.
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