- Prominent Bini chief and businessman, Captain Hosa Okunbo says he is not responsible for the incident at the Oba of Benin palace
- Some thugs had booed PDP campaign council at the front of the palace
- The incident led to a clash by supporters of the APC and the PDP around the area
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Prominent Bini chief and businessman, Captain Hosa Okunbo has debunked claims that he is responsible for the booing incident that took place outside the palace of the Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, on Saturday, July 25.
The incident occurred during the visit of members of the national campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP entourage, including the Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, were reportedly booed while going in and out of the palace by a motley crowd outside the palace.
The situation, however, degenerated into a clash as thugs loyal to the PDP were said to have attacked those booing the party's entourage.
“While I condemn the booing of the governor and the PDP team, and the reprisal attack, I am particularly pained that some ungodly insinuations in some quarters have linked me with the unfortunate saga,” Okunbo said.
According to him, he invited to the palace of the Oba of Benin for a very private ceremony, “which I did not even attend with my friends; and the private ceremony, which had no bearing at all with politics, place hours after the booing incident happened outside the palace.”
He said he was not privy to the ugly incident during which Governor Obaseki was reportedly booed.
He noted that as a responsible citizen and elder statesman, he would not subscribe to any act that tends to disrespect or denigrate any constituted authority whether in Edo state or any other state in Nigeria.
Part of the statement read: “I was not associated with the activities of the unruly crowd and therefore could not have been sent to the palace by me to embarrass the PDP entourage, including the state governor whom I respect as the number one citizen of the state.”
He urged residents, his associates and supporters to be rest assured that he is committed to the promotion of peace, security and orderliness in the state.
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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF) has hailed the contribution of a Okunbo for his contribution to the promotion of entrepreneurship and youth development in the country.
NYPF chairman, Moses Siloko Siasia, made the group's position known in a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, July 25.
According to him, Captain Okunbo's benevolence transcends his achievements in business.
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