The Edo State Deputy Governor, Dr Pius Odubu, yesterday escaped bullets from suspected thugs who shot at his campaign entourage at Auchi, the administrative headquarters of Estako West local government area of Edo state
Odubu formally declared his intention last Wednesday at a press conference to contest the 2016 governorship election.
A policeman, an operative of the State Security Service and three civilians were said to have been injured during the attack.
He was scheduled to meet with party delegates from the area but met the gates of Secretariat under lock and key, a situation that was said to have angered some delegates who forced the gate open to enable the Deputy Governor meet with them outside the Secretariat.
Dr. Odubu was said to have left Fugar for Auchi and was meeting with delegates when thugs were said to have suddenly appeared, firing gunshots and destroying canopies.
“We ran for our dear lives. They injured a policeman, an SSS operative and three civilians and destroyed canopies”, a source close to venue said.