Adams Oshiomhole, Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) escaped assassination as alleged by the Media aide.
Although two policemen lost their lives in an accident involving the convoy of Adams Oshiomhole, former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Oshiomhole and a campaign team of the APC were on their way to Usen in Ovia south east local government area of Edo state when the accident happened.
It was learnt the incident occurred around 12noon at Benin-Lagos bypass before Oluku junction when Oshiomhole was on his way to Usen in Ovia local government of Edo for campaign.
Two policemen attached to the convoy dead while two others sustained serious injuries during the incident and are receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.
His media aide, Victor Oshioke, who narrated the incident, however alleged it was an assassination attempt.
Oshioke, in a statement, said: ‘’The convoy was heading for Usen, where Comrade Oshiomhole was expected to appear at a campaign rally, along with Pastor Ize-Iyamu, when a trailer driving in the same direction veered off its course, hit the back-up Toyota Hilux carrying seven policemen, forcing it off the road into the bush and rammed into the Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) carrying Comrade Oshiomhole, causing substantial damage.
“Comrade Oshiomhole and other persons in the convoy, apart from those indicated above, did not sustain any injury.
“It is pertinent to state, without fear of contradiction, that the convoy of Comrade Oshiomhole was maintaining legal speed limit when the incident occurred.
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’This explains why the trailer, travelling in the same direction overran the Toyota Hilux vehicle off the road and still hit the SUV carrying Comrade Oshiomhole, causing substantial damage.’’
Alleging the accident was not ordinary, the media aide added: “Without prejudice to police investigations, eyewitnesses account of the incident suggest, and we believe rightly too, that this was an assassination attempt targeting Comrade Oshiomhole.”
“While we pray for the quick recovery of the injured policemen, we extend our condolences to the families of the departed.
“Comrade Oshiomhole has visited the injured policemen in the hospital and he deployed some of his aides to be on standby at the hospital to ensure that the wounded policemen are given the best medical attention possible.
“The case was immediately reported at the Ekiadolor Police Station and investigations are ongoing.
“We call on the security agencies to do everything possible to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident, especially because of the threat to the life of Comrade Oshiomhole and the violence which has been directed towards him and the people around him in recent times.”
Ize Iyamu Comments on Oshiomhole Crash
Commenting on the incident, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, governorship candidate of the APC, said the accident could be interpreted as an attempt on the life of Oshiomhole.
He also announced a 24-hour suspension of his campaign in honour of the deceased officers.
“I wish to send my deepest sympathies to families, friends, and all who knew the two exceptional Policemen we lost today in the tragic and disturbing auto crash involving the convoy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole traveling with other leaders of the APC to a campaign event in Usen, Ovia South West LGA,” he said.
“We have since called off all campaign events scheduled for today and joined efforts with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to ensure the best care for injured persons.
“The circumstances of the crash were indeed curious and have left us deeply concerned, as the truck responsible for the crash, according to witness accounts of those in the convoy and other road users, appeared to have deliberately rammed into the convoy in what could reasonably be interpreted to mean an attempt on the life of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“While awaiting the conclusion of the investigation of the Police in response to our petition, I urge our party followers across the State to remain calm and alert.
“May God rest the dead and grant quick and full recovery to those injured, Amen.”
There has been tension in Edo in the buildup to the September 19 governorship election.
On Sunday, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, said there is a high likelihood of violence and possible cross-attack by political opponents during the polls.
The APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the dominant parties in the state have traded blames over violence.
Obaseki Condoles With Oshiomhole, Ize-iyamu Over Crash, Death Of Security Aides
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has condoled with former governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, over a road accident involving top chieftains of the APC in the party’s campaign entourage.
In a statement, the governor commiserated with the families of the victims of the crash and prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the loss of their loved ones.
According to him, “I received the news of the accident with shock and commiserate with the former governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the candidate of the APC in the forthcoming governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu over the very unfortunate incident involving their security aides and top chieftains of the party in the campaign team.”
He added, “While we pray for strength for the families of the deceased persons, we also pray for the quick recovery of those who were injured and are receiving treatment.”