…it’s a lie, Oshiomhole not a killer – Aide
The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has made allegations of a plot to assassinate high-profile personalities in the state.
Mr. Shaibu said this on Saturday during a press briefing in Benin-city.
“We have intelligence that some individuals are in Edo state and their assignment is to come and assassinate some known individuals in the state.
“So, I am hereby bringing to the notice of the general public that these people are in town and we’ve communicated to the security agencies about their activities and why they are in town.”
Shaibu called on President Muhammadu Buhari to charge security agencies to “do their work because Edo will not be a theatre of war if these things are dealt with.”
“For us, we will continue to appeal to our people not to look for trouble,” the Deputy-Governor continued, ”not to disturb any program. We are law-abiding. We have a duty to protect lives and properties. That we will continue to do.”
But reacting to the claims, a close aide to Oshiomhole, Victor Oshioke, dismissed the allegation, saying, “There is no truth in that. Why will he want to kill anybody? Oshiomhole contested elections twice and he did not kill anybody. He preached against violence.
“They want to drag Oshiomhole’s name into the election. The PDP and Philip know that they have not performed so they are reducing their campaign to Oshiomhole. You can see that even today at the rally he still spoke against violence. Philip is sure of defeat for him and his party.”
Meanwhile, the Edo State Government has asked the people to hold the APC and Ize-Iyamu responsible for any spike in coronavirus cases in the state.
It said the party disregarded COVID-19 safety protocols put in place by the federal and state governments during the party’s campaign flag-off.
“It is only regrettable and condemnable that the APC is making a mockery of the hard work invested in protecting the people from the pandemic by exposing them to the virus without caring about how these would lead to a rise in cases in the state.”