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PDP, Gov Obaseki clash over assault on Senator Urhoghide

PDP, Gov Obaseki clash over assault on Senator Urhoghide

• Police beef up security at Urhoghide’s residence

....PDP blames Chief of Staff for recruitment of thugs which includes Albert Obaze, Jack Obiyan, Eriyo( who removed the Senator's cap) & others.

....Threatens to make sure the issue is raised on the floor of the Senate to ensure punishment of the named thugs.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki are up in arms over last Friday’s assault on Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo South) at Benin airport.

Urhoghide escaped being mobbed at the airport by angry youths who removed his cap for moving the motion for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari over the purchase of 12 Tucano aircraft without approval from the National Assembly.

The party accused the governor of sponsoring the attack, saying the youths were members of the APC kitted and recruited from the Edo Government House.

Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare, in a statement alleged: “In the presence of the governor, these thugs kitted in black by Edo state government, attacked Senator Matthew Urhoghide, a former state woman leader and our youth leader.

“After observing and supervising the attack with a smirk on his face, the governor, Godwin Obaseki, climbed into his Jeep and gave a fist pump in approval and solidarity with his thugs for a mission accomplished.

“This act is another evidence of the disdain and intolerance with which the APC government views the legislature and opposition voices.

“Edo PDP will send a report of this ugly incident to the police for investigation and necessary action.”

The Senator, who addressed reporters yesterday in his residence, recounted what transpired at the airport.

According to him: “They have promised to deal with me. But I obeyed the Police Commissioner. I remained where I was until the Governor came.

“We were walking side by side talking when a boy hit my head and the Governor walked away.

“Before I left Abuja, I knew what was happening and the person responsible for it.

“I called him to tell him that it was unnecessary but he didn’t pick his calls.

“It would be cowardice for me to abort the journey. I wanted to see what will happen and they displayed their thuggery. I am not cowed by it.”

The Senator accused the Chief of Staff to Obaseki, Taiwo Akerele, as responsible for mobilisation of thugs that attacked him.

But Akerele denied the allegation, saying he had nothing to do with the incident.

The Chief of Staff said he could not have concerned himself with a senator from Edo South when he hails from Edo North.

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