Obaseki, Ize-Iyamu Supporters clash in Oba of Benin Palace

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 26 – Thugs suspected to be loyalists of All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Ize-Iyamu Osagie, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s flag bearer, governor Godwin Obaseki, clashed around the palace of the Oba of Benin on Saturday.

Today’s Echo gathers that the despicable even occurred during the governor’s visit to the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II.

It was learnt that there was exchange of gun fire by the loyalists of the duo, leading to destruction of vehicles while several persons sustained injuries.

It was gathered that crisis started when supporters of Obaseki were chanting pro Obaseki slogan while those loyal to the APC candidate, who were at the palace waiting for some APC chieftains allegedly invited to a function at the palace, were also chanting slogans to disparage the governor.

It was further gathered that after the governor and his entourage had left the palace, the loyalists engaged in a fight, with the APC – who were more in number – having the upper hand. It was learnt that the loyalists of PDP then ran to the Ogbe Stadium, the venue of the flag off of the campaign and informed their members who stormed the ring road area to engaged the APC supporters.

Several persons on both side were injured while many vehicles were destroyed. It took the intervention of the police to bring the situation under control.

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