By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin city
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress Party in Edo Central Local Government area of Edo State, (APC), Honourable Ken Ihensekhen, has described as baseless, misguided and politically motivated the accusation purportedly made against him by some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Igueben Local Government Area of the state.
Honourable Ken Ihensekhen was allegedly accused by some leaders of the party in Igueben local government of leading the attack on Goodwin Obaseki convoy by some angry youths recently at Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State.
Ihensekhen said, “My attention has been drawn to some media reports linking me with the attack on Governor Godwin Obaseki’s convoy by some angry youths recently at Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo State.
He said, ” To put the record straight, I was present at the meeting with His Excellency, Governor Obaseki at Irrua and those present will attest to the fact that I spoke my mind boldly and sincerely, unlike some of the APC leaders who were not courageous enough to speak their minds, even though they habour serious misgivings in their minds about the APC administration in the state.
According to him, “Such APC leaders instead of burying their heads in shame for behaving as cowards, but have decided to turn around to vilify and blackmail me for speaking my mind.
“Therefore, I wish to state unequivocally that I never at any given time asked or sponsored the person or persons to molest the governor, an action I am totally against.
Furthermore , “I wish to restate that my comments during the meeting with Governor Obaseki was for the interest of our great party and should not be misinterpreted to mean that I dislike the state governor.
He added that, “It is my sincere opinion that we, the APC leaders in Edo Central Senatorial District in particular and the state in general should not pretend about the fact that we need to do more to be able to defeat our opponents in the area during the forthcoming general elections.
Concluding that, ” if some disgruntled leaders of APC have genuine reason to believe that I have hands or that I played any role on the attack on the state governor, they should come up with their facts and evidences or otherwise keep quiet and repent from blackmailing innocent politicians, especially my humble self”. He concluded.