Philip Shaibu. Image credit: Channels TV

Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has condemned the comments made by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that he ordered thugs to invade the state university.

Concise News had reported Oshiomhole in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Simon Ebegbulem, alleged that the thugs that invaded the university community are on the orders of Shaibu.

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Oshiomhole claimed that he left the convocation lecture on Thursday via the back door to avoid being attacked by the thugs who laid siege at the entrance gate of the university.

The APC chairman also described commercial motorcyclists popularly known as ‘Okada riders’ in the state as thugs for attacking his home after the ceremony.

However, the deputy governor who hosted a delegation from the motorcyclist union at the government house in Benin City, the state capital, apologised and explained to them that the comments were a slip of tongue from the part of Oshiomhole.

He said: “I want to correct the news by our national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole that the Okada riders are thugs, you are not thugs and I want to apologise on his behalf to tell you people maybe it was a slip of tongue.

“You people are never thugs; you cannot be thugs because if what we have done with you and you are technology-driven and you are talking, you can’t be referred as thugs; not even when he rode on your back to victory at the tribunal.”

He added that after a long-serving relationship with the APC national chairman, it was unexplainable to have such comment served at the motorcyclists.

“Every morning, you were always at his house in your hundreds and most cases we rode on your back to the tribunal. So how come now you are being referred to as thugs, I think it was a slip of tongue, so on his behalf, I apologise to all of you.”