Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism, Edo State, Barr. McDonald Obasuke yesterday in Owan West Local Government Area disrupted the campaign train of Mr. Godwin Obaseki with armed thugs who beat up delegates loyal to the governorship aspirant and chased them away with guns.
Mr. Godwin was thrown in shock and totally rattled because of his hitherto smooth movement from ward 01 to 11 of the local government area until he got to Sobe, being the last ward in the local government and also the home town of the Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism Commissioner…..
An eye witness’ account revealed that some of the Obaseki’s followers who were attacked at Sobe had no premonition that such an attack was in the offing.
The eye witness, a party faithful of APC who craved anonymity, said thus:
“We are baffled that governor Adams Oshiomhole and Mr. Godwin Obaseki have characters like Barr. McDonald, a known cultist, in his cabinet and campaign trail”, the eye witness said.
The immediate past chairman of Owan East Local government, Barr. Jimoh Ijegbai, corroborated what was revealed earlier to Urhokpota Reporters that the Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism was at the heart of the shooting at Sobe. Barr. Ijegbai said he was also prevented from entering Sobe, by the same commissioner who said that they were not from the same local government area.
Another eye witness account revealed that the immediate past chairman of Owan West council, Hon. Reginald Okun and the boys of the Commissioner, three in number, have been arrested with fire arms, to be moved to the state police headquarters in Benin City.
Investigations by Urhokpota Reporters reveal that the shooting incidence may be connected to a supremacy contest between rival secret cults.
Few days ago the deputy governor of the state, Dr. Pius Odubu, escaped assassination attempt on his life at the campaign rally in Etsako West Local government area. Our sources learnt that Mr. Godwin Obaseki who was afraid for his life hurried out of the shooting scene and could not continue with his campaign.
The state commissioner of police Mr. Chris Ezike confirmed the incident, but however told reporters that he his yet to receive report from the DPO Sabogidda-Ora and Auchi which control Sabogidda-Ora’s division.