At least 10 persons were reportedly wounded in exchange of gunshots on Saturday, between the camps of Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, and his main challenger in the September 19 election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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The Nation reports that exotic cars, campaign billboards and other valuables were damaged in the violence near the palace of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare 11.
Oba Ewuare said the tension ahead of the election calls for the intervention of the gods, promising to summon his chiefs to pray for a peaceful election.
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The publication said violence started when Obaseki led a delegation of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains to the Oba’s palace for a courtesy visit.
It was gathered that by the time the PDP delegation got there, supporters of both camps had gathered at the entrance of the palace with dangerous weapons, including guns, cudgels and broken bottles.
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As the delegation’s convoy drove into the palace, some people in the crowd began to boo and jeer Obaseki, leading to rise in tension, which degenerated into a free for all between the supporters of the PDP and APC.
The violence was said to have spread into the streets, causing injuries to at least ten persons.
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Armed policemen were later deployed to the scene, to bring the situation under control.