The People Democratic Party has halted its campaign in the Edo Central Senatorial district as heavy gunshots by suspected political opponents marred the campaign in ward seven of the area.
Recall that the party had on January 17, 2023, flagged off campaigns for all its candidates in the forthcoming 2023 general elections in Edo Central Senatorial district.
The incident caused confusion as the Speaker of Edo State House of Assembly, Marcus Onobun and other PDP leaders were evacuated to safety, while others ran for their lives.
Former Commissioner for Land and Survey and a leader of the PDP faction loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Hon Anslem Ojezua, flanked by other party leaders spoke in a viral video on the incident and said the Police investigation had commenced unravelling those behind the attack.
He said, “We had to suspend our campaign today. Today was supposed to be the final stanza of the campaign in Esan Central. We were in ward 7 and having a very peaceful really when we heard gunshots in the vicinity of the rally in order to avoid injury and possible damage and loss of lives of people, we decided to evacuate immediately.
“We later got to hear that they were possible loss of lives. It was only wise and sensitive to suspend our campaign until when we are sure of what happened.
“We are reliably informed that the police are handling the situation and as soon as they give us better information then we can continue with our campaign,” he added.