Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, in Benin, has debunked rumours that he was hospitalised after a traffic accident on December 28, 2013.
Oshiomhole was reacting to media reports which claimed that he was lying critically ill in hospital.
The governor said, while addressing members of the State Executive Council, that he was not hospitalised after the accident involving his official vehicle and a J5 bus.
“The rumours of being hospitalised and under intensive care were the figment of the imagination of my detractors,” he said.
Narrating the incident, the governor said it occurred around 10 a.m on December 28, close to Ewu town.
He said he was on his way to Benin from his village, Iyamho, to receive Vice President Namadi Sambo, when the J5 bus conveying tomatoes, veered off the road and rammed into his official vehicle.
The governor said none of the occupants of the official vehicle including himself was injured.
He said that though the vice president was on a private visit, he was obliged, as the state chief executive, to receive him at the airport.
Oshiomhole thanked God for saving his life, saying that despite the accident, he was still able to receive the vice president who was in the state to felicitate with Chief Tony Anenih on his birthday.