The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Pius Odubu narrowly escaped death by whiskers on Saturday after his convoy was attacked by gunmen in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of the state.
A policeman, an operative of the Department of State Services and three other persons sustained various injuries in the clash.
Recall that Odubu had last Wednesday formally declared his intention to succeed his boss, Adams Oshiomhole in the September 10 gubernatorial election in the state, under the All Progressives Congress.
His decision, insders claim, did not go down well with his boss, Oshiomhole.
It was learnt that the former lawmaker had earlier been denied access to the party’s secretariat in Fugar, allegedly on the instruction of an official at the Government House.
He was said to have left for Auchi and was meeting with some delegates when the gunmen suddenly appeared, firing gunshots at his convoy.
A source, who did not want to be mentioned, told Punch that Odubu was not injured in the attack.
“No, he was not injured but two of our security men were injured. It was in Etsako West, in Auchi.
“We ran for our dear lives. They injured a policeman, a DSS operative and three civilians and destroyed canopies. We learnt that they were paid N1m to carry out the attack,” the source said.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Osifo Abiodun, was yet to confirm the development.