*How it happened – Edo Govt House
By Simon Ebegbulem
But for mother luck, Governor Adams Oshiomhole would have died after a bus lost control and crashed into his car along Auchi-Benin Road yesterday.
The governor miraculously escaped death alongside his aide-de-camp (ADC) and driver in the accident which occurred at Ewu village.
Sunday Vanguard learnt that the impact of the accident left Oshiomhole’s vehicle damaged beyond repairs.
The governor was said to be returning from his Iyamho village when the crash occurred around 9.45 a.m.
This is the second time within a year that Oshiomhole’s convoy will be involved in an accident.
The first time, a tipper rammed into his car and another vehicle conveying the media crew in his convoy, killing some journalists.
Yesterday’s incident was said to have happened when a Peugeot J5 bus, marked XB 355 Fugar, conveying tomatoes and plantains, lost control while trying to overtake an articulated vehicle and crashed directly into the governor’s flag car, a BMW bullet proof vehicle, before ending in a ditch.
Three vehicles in the convoy were reportedly in front of the governor’s flag car and had passed the Peugeot J5 bus before it crashed into the flag car which had the governor, his ADC and driver inside.
Oshiomhole’s car was said to have been damaged beyond repairs but no injuries were sustained in the accident. The governor, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard on telephone, thanked God for his life, saying: “The almighty God is always on the throne and will surely protect his people. I thank God; we are all fine. Glory be to Jesus and honour to Mary”.
Meanwhile, a statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Prince Kassim Afegbua, narrated the incident. Afegbua said: “The Peugeot J5 bus was following a truck that was descending the Ewu slope when it suddenly veered off into the governor’s lane from the opposite direction and directly impacted on the governor’s vehicle, apparently because of brake failure.
“The good story is that nobody sustained injuries in both vehicles. The comrade governor is hale and hearty; his ADC and other occupants of the Peugeot J5 are also in good condition.
“The incident has been reported to the Divisional Police Station at Ewu for further investigation. This is to assure all good people of Edo State that there is no cause for alarm.
“Their loving comrade governor is fine, hale and hearty as well as other occupants of the other affected vehicle. The comrade governor is wishing everyone a prosperous new year ahead”.