Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Edo State, Godwin Obaseki escaped death by whisker on Sunday when some gunmen opened fire on him and his supporters at Sobe in Owan West Local Government Area of the state.
Obaseki, who expressed shock at the ugly incident, said he was lucky not to have been killed because he dodged the bullets.
It was learnt that the hoodlums were pursued by brave youths in the area and the suspects apprehended before being handed over to the Police.
Commissioner for Arts and Culture in Edo State, McDonald Obasuke, who confirmed the incident shortly after it happened at 5:30pm, said he saw a man who went inside a vehicle and brought out a gun and shot at the venue where Obaseki was about to address the APC delegates.
Obasuke narrated to Vanguard that, “While we were still expecting delegates, Obaseki was already inside with the party leaders when this boy, who pretended he was with us, went inside a car, brought out a gun and fired in our direction.
“We were lucky to dodge the bullet, so we immediately mobilised our boys and pursued him and others because it seemed they came to disrupt the event. We caught them and handed them over to the police.
“It was really shocking but we thank God nobody was hurt. However, Obaseki could not address the delegates because of the shooting.”
Obaseki said, “I called off the meeting with the delegates because I had to be whisked off by my security men. No one was hurt though. I cannot be intimidated. Whoever did this has failed because we will continue with our campaign.”