By Simon Ebegbulem, Benin-City
DEPUTY Governor of Edo State, Dr Pius Odubu, has demanded a retraction and an apology from the campaign organization of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the recent election in the state, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, and one Osaze Jesuorobo, over an allegation that a man, who collapsed at a sitting of the Edo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was a native doctor brought by the deputy governor to perform voodoo or he will institute N100milllion suit against them.
A letter by Odubu’s lawyer, Ken Mozia (SAN), said the statement in question was “actuated by base and inappropriate political motives in view of the on-going election petition initiated and currently being heard at the said Election Tribunal.”
The campaign organization of Airhiavbere had, in a statement signed by Osaze Jesuorob, identified the man who slumped at the tribunal as Israel Odaro from Urhomehe, the same village with the deputy governor, and added that the man was a native doctor.
The statement added that the said Odaro died after the incident at the court. But the victim, who spoke to journalists at the Central Hospital, Benin City, where he was being attended to, gave his name as Israel Eyinmosan, an Itsekiri from Delta State and disclosed that he was an epileptic patient since 1984 and was never a native doctor. He also expressed shock over the claim that he was dead.