Otaru of Auchi Kingdom, Alhaji Aliru Momoh Ikelebe III, yesterday, pleaded with politicians in Edo State to exercise restraint in their campaigns to succeed Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
He stated this in Benin City in the company of other prominent traditional rulers from Edo North in the wake of a recent attack on the campaign train of the Deputy Governor, Dr Pius Odubu, at Auchi.
It would be recalled that Odubu escaped death in Auchi when gunmen shot at him inside APC’s secretariat, while he was meeting with delegates from Etsako West Local Government in April.
However, the Otaru said “we have disciplined youths in this community and they don’t have guns, we don’t have guns in Auchi. It is a case of internal political conflict.
“I am not aware that any Auchi youth took part in that crisis. The incident was one that nobody expected to happen and we, as a community, are very sympathetic with the deputy governor, but we are investigating those responsible.”
The Otaru extolled the sweet relationship that has existed between Comrade Oshiomhole and Odubu in the last seven and a half years and sued that at a time like this, this friendship should not go sour‎.
The traditional ruler told the deputy governor not to be distracted by mischief makers who may want to trivialise the attack across ethnic and senatorial divide.
Otaru thanked the Almighty Allah that no life was lost during the unfortunate incident and prayed to God for the quick recovery of those presently receiving treatment.
He said traditional rulers in the senatorial district have resolved to investigate the matter, adding that “We will see the governor and his deputy over the issue.”