A political turf war seem to be raging between unknown forces in Edo State. The Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu, seem to be the bull eye for these vicious attacks.
Dr. Pius had declared his interest to replace Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; the current Governor of Edo State. Not surprisingly, his declaration has been greeted with political intrigues and maneuvers. Surprisingly, the People’s Democratic Party in Edo State welcomed Dr. Pius intention to succeed Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
It commended Dr. Odubu for “courage and temerity exhibited by officially declaring his intentions to vie for the office of Governor under the All Progressive Congress (APC) platform. Dr. Pius Odubu deserves commendation for his refusal to be blackmailed and cowed out of the race.”
A week ago, allegations were rife in Benin City, Capital of Edo State. The allegations levelled against Dr. Pius was that the Deputy Governor sponsored native doctors to kill Governor Adams Oshiomhole. Dr. Pius swiftly rejected the claims saying that, “As a devout Catholic, I will not do anything that is unbecoming of a true Christian in the name of politics. God knows that I never had any pact with any witch/native doctor to kill anyone or avenge for me and I will never condescend to that extent as long as God lives.
News of imminent impeachment of the Deputy Governor was circulated in Edo State too. However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday reacted to the alleged plot. According to a statement by the state publicity secretary of the party, Comrade Godwin Erhahon, “Our attention has been drawn to the rife speculation of plot by some forces to instigate the Edo State House of Assembly to impeach the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Odubu.
“But Spurious as the rumor is, we are unable to ignore it because APC is very sure that the Comrade Governor Adams Oshiomhole appreciates the unalloyed loyalty of his amiable Deputy, Dr. Odubu, and as such has no hands in such plot even when they differ on who succeeds him or how such successor should emerge.
“Comrade Oshiomhole is reputed for his tolerance of opposition in any contestation and his self-confidence and courage to challenge and defeat his opponent through superior arguments and conventional strategy.
“Therefore, any attempt to link our Comrade Governor with such vicious strategy as impeachment of a loyal Deputy for the purpose of disabling him in his governorship ambition can only come from enemies of peace and progress who are bent on causing disaffection between the duo of the Governor and his amiable Deputy.
On the heels of these political wrangling, the Deputy Governor of was attacked by unknown gunmen. The attack took place at the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Auchi. The attack took place a few minutes after Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Odubu left a party organized by Damian Lawani, representative of the Estako Central Constituency in the House of Assembly.
Five of his security operatives were injured in the attack. Those injured were said to include policemen and operatives of the Department of State Services. Six delegates and three security details attached to Dr. Pius are reported to be in critical conditions.
Adams Oshiomhole is yet to react to the attack.