Over ten persons sustained varying degrees of bullet injuries at the Edo State governorship campaign flag-off of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Saturday, July 25, in Benin.
The over ten persons sustained the injuries from gunshots that greeted the party’s campaign flag-off in the ancient city.
The PDP campaign team led by its national chairman, Uche Secondus, had visited the Oba of Benin in his Palace to receive the Monarch’s royal blessings and prayers after which the entourage departed for Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, for the campaign proper.
Those in the entourage of the campaign team were: the party’s national chairman, Uche Secondus; Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shaibu; Rivers State governor who doubles as the chairman of the Campain Council, Nyesome Wike; Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambua; Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa; senators and House of Representatives members.
Trouble started when the campaign team alongside their supporters left the palace premises and consequently gesticulated to some persons (APC supporters) who were drumming and dancing at the gate of the Palace to follow the entourage which they reportedly refused.
Their refusal, according to the lady who was among the dancers but pleaded that her name should not be mentioned, led to the sporadic gunshots.
According to her, as they called them to leave the premises but they refused, not too long the gunshots greeted the air.
“We were drumming, singing and dancing at the gate when Obaseki entourage and their supporters who were dancing came out and were going. They then signalled with their hands that we should go but we didn’t mind them but we continue to dance and sing. After a few minutes that they called on us to follow them and we refused, we started to hear gunshots. We all ran for our lives but some of us still sustained injuries.” She said.
The APC supporters led by Tony Adun aka Tony Kabaka were reportedly at the Palace to welcome Benin Billionaire, Captain Hosa who was hosting dignitaries today to dedicate the Prince of the Monarch who was born some months ago.
Another person, a journalist, who luckily escaped the bullets described the scene as terrible, just as he said it was so bad that a Mobile Policeman was escaping just as he did and consequently dragged the Palace gate for safety.
“We were at the gate conducting interview with some dignitaries when we heard gunshots just close to us. It was so terrible that I have to rush into the Palace for a cover but unfortunately, there was gridlock at the gate as people scampered for their lives. Funny enough, a mobile policeman was dragging the gate with me as he was trying to escape as well. This made me to sustain injury on my hand.
See, as I am, I don’t have microphone as it was nowhere to be found. Today’s scene was scaring and terrible,” he said.