Gunmen have reportedly attacked the convoy of the Delta State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sheriff Oborevwori.
A statement issued by Oborevwori’s Chief Press Secretary, Dennis Otu, copies of which were made available to journalists in Warri on Tuesday, disclosed that the incident occurred along Warri/Sapele highway on Sunday when the hoodlums ambushed the convoy and opened fire on the vehicles.
According to the statement, the Delta PDP Governorship candidate who is also the Speaker of the state House of Assembly was returning from Sapele to Osubi when the deadly attack occurred.
Oborevwori’s spokesman noted that this is the second time within two months that suspected assassins have made attempts on the life of the Delta State PDP Governorship Candidate for the 2023 governorship election.
“The first was on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, when he escaped an attempt on his life by assassins who disguised as police officers and opened gunfire on his convoy along Warri/Sapele Highway, while on his way to Koko, Warri North Local Government Area of the State for the commissioning of the ultra-modern floating market, Ogheye,” he stated.
The statement read partly, “The convoy of the Delta State PDP Governorship candidate, Sheriff Oborevwori on Sunday, March 12, 2023, came under heavy attack from gunmen between Elume junction and Okuabude in Okpe Local Government Area of the state.
“The car which he was driven in and security vehicles attached to the convoy were riddled with bullets in the incident at about 9:05 pm.
“He had gone to Sapele for political meetings and on his way back to Osubi, the unknown gunmen ambushed the convoy and launched a heavy attack on him, spraying his car and backup vehicles with bullets.
“Only the grace of God and the fact that he was riding in a bulletproof car saved the life of the leading governorship hopeful in the state.
“His brave security men rose to the occasion by engaging the suspected assassins in a duel which lasted for over ten minutes before the gunmen took to their heels and disappeared into the thick darkness of the night.
“Although no life was lost, one of the security men attached to the PDP governorship candidate sustained injuries.
“The matter has been reported to the police for further investigation.”