A video has emerged showing the moment the Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, was humiliated by villagers at Usen in Ovia South West local government area, on Thursday 24th January 2018.
reported that Igbinedion allegedly attempted to stampede the campaign
rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives
Candidate, Hon. Dennis Idahosa, which was to hold on that day at the
market square in Usen.
Idahosa is the opponent of Esama’s
daughter, Ms Omosede Igbinedion, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the
It was learnt that trouble started when
it was learnt that Chief Igbinedion had come to the palace of the
traditional ruler of Usen, with heavily armed policemen and soldiers
with the intention of derailing the rally of Hon. Dennis Idahosa.
to reports, the Esama had been preinformed by the clan head that Dennis
Idahosa was scheduled to pay a visit to the palace and address the
people of the community at the market square and advised the Esama to
postpone his visit to avoid conflict, but the Esama chose to disregard
the advice and thereafter proceeded to visit the palace accompanied by
mean looking policemen and soldiers.
Despite the heavy rainfall,
the supporters of Dennis Idahosa barricaded the Esama’s convoy and
started chanting solidarity songs singing, dancing and calling ‘DENCO,
DENCO’ and insisting that the Esama must leave.
Some indigenes of
the community expressed displeasure with the actions of the Esama who
they accused of planning to sow the seeds of discord in their community
by planning to disrupt the campaign of Hon. Dennis Idahosa and said they
were tired of the domineering attitude of him and his family, and that
they are ready to usher in a new phase of liberation.