Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday said that Governor Adams Oshiomhole is playing politics with human blood.
The party made the statement while reacting to an earlier accusation by the governor that PDP was behind the alleged attempt on his life at Usen while on a campaign tour of the of state on Thursday.
This is the latest in a series of accusations which the government of Edo State has leveled against PDP since April 28 when his convoy was involved in an accident which led to the death of some journalists and also the assassination of private secretary of the governor, Olaitan Oyerinde recently.
Puncturing the governor’s claim, the Edo State PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbii and described the governor as a serial liar.
“We had no business with the governor on that day. We were busy preparing to receive President Goodluck Jonathan who came to town. So how would he say that? He has been blood thirsty, killing innocent souls and laying the blame on the door steps of PDP. His lies are now in the open,” Orbii said. “He didn’t want the people to know the truth that he had issues with the students at Usen and in the process, he ordered his men to kill some of them. By July 14, we shall send him away from government house. That is the business we have. We are not murderers.”
Edo commissioner of Information, Louis Odion, had in a statement on Thursday accused PDP of hiring thugs to attack the governor’s convoy while at Usen, an allegation which the Edo State Police Command has dismissed as untrue.
While the statement by the Edo State government did not reflect that the governor had an encounter with the students of the State Polytechnic Usen, the police report on the incident corroborated the claim by the PDP while the party while distancing its self from the incident.
Odion had said in the statement,“again, Governor Oshiomhole’s convoy attacked. Precisely two months after he narrowly escaped death following an attack on his convoy at Auchi area, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, again came under gun attack by thugs hired by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while his campaign train stopped at Usen town, Ovia South West Local Government Area of the state”
In his own account of what happened the Publicity Secretary of PDP in Edo State, Matthew Urhoghide said in a statement,
“on June 28, 2012 some students of the Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, died from gun shots wounds sustained when some policemen opened fire on them, point blank, as they demanded their rights from the visiting Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
“To conceal the embarrassment, Governor Oshiomhole, through his Commissioner for Information, Mr. Louis Odion, has accused Edo PDP of organising the attacks which he claimed were directed at his convoy.
“From independently verified reports at the disposal of Edo PDP, the students were killed when Governor Oshiomhole visited the Palace of the Elawure of Usen to pay a courtesy visit on the community ruler before embarking on a scheduled campaign rally in the vicinity. Students of the local Edo State Polytechnic who had waited all day for the governor’s visit to formally present to him the poor living and learning conditions in the school demanded that the governor paid a look-see visit on the college campus.
Upon the governor’s refusal, the students insisted that the governor’s convoy would not proceed to the rally grounds until their interests had been attended to. In the struggle, Governor Oshiomhole ordered his armed details to shoot into the crowd to disperse the almost-rampaging unarmed students. The governor’s order was promptly carried out and a number of students were consequently killed and injured.
“In the milieu, Governor Oshiomhole forced his way out and fled the town. The students’ body of the institution has officially stated that they did not shoot themselves. If they did not shoot themselves, then someone else did.
Edo PDP was not in the vicinity at the time of the incident. Nobody in the governor’s entourage, too, sustained any injury. If the governor’s convoy was attached by armed bandits which resulted in the death of some people, how come the governor’s own people were not hurt in the incident? The governor and his retinue practically muscled the helpless students and mercilessly overpowered.
“The Usen incident will not go the way all other of its kind have in the past. This one will not be swept under the carpet. The police, SSS and all other law enforcement agencies must speedily get to the bottom of this and make their findings public.”
But The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Tony Iyare, was quick to allege again on Friday when he told our correspondent that “the PDP supporters masqueraded as students.
“Does it make sense that a governor would plan attack against himself as claimed by the PDP? They are desperate for power. The governor had gone to Udo and Siluko to campaign and nothing like that happened.” Iyare did not stop at that he also alleged that even the house of Edo State Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Mr. Arthur Omorodion, was also vandalized on Thursday by thugs purportedly hired by PDP.
Meanwhile the Edo State Police Command on Friday explained how students of the State Government owned Institute of Management and Technology, Usen attacked the convoy of Governor Adams Oshiomhole who was on a campaign tour at Usen.
A press statement signed by Police Public Relation Officer of the Edo State Police Command, DSP Anthony Airhuoyo, stated that Oshiomhole while on his way to the campaign venue met the students of the institution and promised to address them on his way back.
“After the campaign at about 6:15pm, the governor decided to address the students on a later date as it was getting late, but the students barricaded the highway at the outskirt of the town and were compelling the governor to visit their institution.
“When their demands could not be met, they became riotous throwing stones and missiles,” the statement read in part.
The police explained that in the process of dispersing the riotous students, two of them were injured and are currently receiving treatment and that nobody was killed in the process.
The police further stated that the students later re-grouped and went to Usen Police outpost and vandalised the place, adding that investigation on the incident has since commenced.
Reports had it that during the riot two vehicles in the convoy of the state governor were badly damaged, while a car belonging to the chairman of the local government council was reportedly attacked by the students