By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
Loyalists of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams oshiomhole, on Saturday flouted the directive of Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, warning that very stiff penalties will be meted our on any individual or group who flout orders from security agencies and government to hold unauthorized APC rallies in any part of the State.
A faction of the State APC Chapter at the weekend held its rally in Edo Central senatorial district.
The organisers however dribbled security agents by earlier announcing Irrua as the venue of the rally only to direct members to Opoji in Esan West where it held.
Security agents had sealed off the Irrua venue apparently in line with Governor Obaseki directives banning political rallies in the state, but the rally held in another venue.
At the rally at Opoji, some former PDP members led by Prince Tony Omoaghe and former Speaker Bright Omokhodion joined the Oshiomhole’s APC faction.
Speaking at the rally, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu said: “They told us in Benin that this rally will not hold, they said many things will happen but as we were coming, the road was good.
“But you know these people are cowards, early this morning at about 3am, they went to Chief Inegbeneki and threw hand bombs. The first one did not detonate, the second one detonated. If somebody had died, I don’t know what they would have said.
“We have been keeping quiet not because we are afraid, but because we own the house. Obaseki said he would destroy the Edo APC, but we would not allow him”, Ize-Iyamu said.
However, Chief Inegbeneki said his residence was attacked with explosives that destroyed a vehicle and part of the building.
According to him: “I got that information with rude shock. Frankly, I am short of words, it must have been politically motivated. After this successful political rally, I am going to Benin to assess the damage.
He warned: “For those drumming music of war they should be prepared to dance to the music”.
Inegbeneki called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue the people from the hands of Obaseki and his deputy, alleging that “Edo is under siege”.