Labour Party Candidate, Olumide Akpata Claims Attack Orchestrated By Edo State Govt Official

Date: 14-04-2024 4:48 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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Olumide Akpata, the Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in Edo State, has made serious allegations that a high-ranking official within the Edo State Government orchestrated an attack against him during a recent event. The incident occurred at an interactive session held at the University of Benin Staff Club last Friday, which was disrupted by violence.

In a video that went viral on Saturday, Akpata explained that the event was rudely interrupted by individuals claiming to be students from the University of Benin. These disruptors caused a commotion, insisting the event could not proceed without their prior notification. "You can imagine how shocked we were, including the professors there," Akpata said, expressing his dismay over the disruption.

Akpata also addressed a circulating video where an individual claimed to have been shot by a security agent during the fracas. Akpata denied these claims, suggesting that the allegations were part of a misinformation campaign and urging the accuser to reveal his identity to confirm the truth of his claims.

According to Akpata, the situation escalated to the point where security had to intervene, removing barricades set up by the disruptors to allow him and others to leave safely. He directly attributed the actions of the hoodlums to manipulation by a senior state official, hinting at a targeted political attack. "It is election season, and it is quite obvious some of our old and very tired politicians are up to their usual antics," he remarked.

The Edo State Government has officially condemned the attack. Chris Nehikhare, the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, stated that both the Labour Party candidate and the Student Union Government of the university have issued statements regarding the incident. An active investigation into the matter is ongoing.

"The Edo State Government will not tolerate violence or this sort of irresponsible behavior associated with the visit of Mr. Akpata to the institution," Nehikhare warned, indicating the seriousness with which the government views the incident.

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