Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All progressives Congress (APC), has stated that those who attacked his residence in Benin City, Edo State, are looking for war.
It was reported that some youths had gathered at Oshiomhole’s residence on Sunday, chanting “Oshiomhole Ole, Oshiomhole Ole”. They were dispersed by anti-riot policemen, reports also said.
However, it was said that the youths had attacked the house before police arrived at the scene.
Danmallam Abubakar, the Edo State police commissioner, denied any attack on the residence, saying some persons planning protest were dispersed.
“It is a lie. There was no attack. Nothing happened in the area where Oshiomhole lives,” he was quoted as saying.
But Simon Ebegbulum, Chief Press Secretary to the APC National Chairman, insisted that there was an attack on the property by thugs allegedly sent by Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Addressing a section of his supporters on Sunday, Oshiomhole said the attackers and their sponsors want to cause crisis in the state, but said he would follow the path of peace.
He said: “In a moment like this, it is not madness for madness because many of you I see here in 2007, you were already strong. During my second in 2012, you were already strong; Even at 2016, some of you were already deployed as party agent.”
“These people want to create what has not happen for a very long time. They want war and want to cause crisis. They are boasting that they want to crush and crush people. Go and buy crushing machine.”
“No man born of a woman that can change what God has said. And if God says, no, who can say yes? My own is don’t let them drag you out of the bathroom like Igbo man says and be running after them like the town naked mad men because we are not mad. If it comes to the ‘rofo rofo’ that he wants, they don’t have the number. You know that when you start to tell lies, you will have to lie many times to sustain one lie.”
“We will not condescend to their level. But, let me say this. It is clear, Nigeria is a free Country. There is freedom of association. Thee is freedom of worship. There is freedom of religion. There is freedom of expression. So, nobody in Nigeria can harass you. Just be the good guys that you are.”
“My weapon which is the truth, is more powerful than the weapon of the armed forces in the world. Have I threatened any of you? I have ever sent any of you to prison. How many of you …have I ever said to any of you that if you do not follow me, I will send you to prison?”…But, the tradition of Edo people is that if you do something and your father is not happy, he will call you home and say my son, don’t do this again.”
“As a father or mother, maturity is the ability to change the habit that you are not happy. There is no wisdom to do as if you are an angel who has never sinned? Those who want to cast the first stone, may God bless them.”