By WOLE MOSADOMI
MINNA – TWO people have been confirmed dead while six others were seriously injured in an accident involving a vehicle in the convoy of Niger State Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, during his campaign tour to Lapai Local Government Area of the state yesterday.
This came barely two days after Governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State was also involved in an accident which claimed the lives of his ADC and six others.
Vanguard gathered that Governor Aliyu and his entourage were heading for Emirokopa from Lapai to commission a clinic when the eighteen seater bus conveying some of the supporters somersaulted and crashed leaving one dead on the spot while the others died on their way to Lapai General hospital.
The bus involved had the inscription “Talba Twice” which is the party’s slogan for the governor’s second term bid. The bus which was in the advance party of the governor was said to be carrying some of the supporters who were mainly youths.
It was learnt that following the driver’s alleged slow speed, the youths ordered the driver to stop after which the driver was said to have succumbed and handed over the key of the bus to one of the youths. A few minutes after take off, the car somersaulted severally with the new driver dying on the spot.
The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, attributed the accident to reckless driving and over speeding though the road was also in bad shape.
Spokesman of the state PDP, Alhaji Hassan Saba, described the incident as unfortunate and promised that the party and government would take responsibility for those who sustained injuries.
Meanwhile, the state governor has sent a powerful delegation to the Minna General Hospital to ensure that the survivors were well taken care of.
Director of Media and Publicity to the Governor, Alhaji Bala Abdulkadir, told journalists that the governor has also suspended his campaign tour in order to attend the three days Fidau prayer for the repose of the deceased.