Oshiomhole’s Accident: Lives Lost, others injured as Edo APC Griefs
NEWSMAN, Benin – Governorship candidate of the Edo State All Progressives Congress (APC), Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has called off his rally at Usen, following the fatal road crash that claimed the lives of two Police officers, leaving others in critical condition in an accident involving the convoy of former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congresses (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
The accident occurred close to Oluku junction, along Benin-Ore highway when a trailer ran into the travelling backup security vehicle of the Oshiomhole on his way to catch up with the candidate of APC, Ize-Iyamu and other top chieftains of the party at a rally scheduled for Usen, Ovia South-west local government area of the state.
In a statement by Media aide to Oshiomhole , Victor Oshioke, he alleged assassination attempt on his principal.
“It is pertinent to state, without fear of contradiction, that the convoy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was maintaining legal speed limits when this incident occurred. This explains why the trailer, travelling in the same direction over ran the Hilux truck off the road and still hit the SUV carrying Comrade Oshiomhole, causing substantial damage.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other persons in the convoy, apart from those indicated above did not sustain any injury”.
“We call on the security agencies to do everything possible to unravel the circumstances surrounding this incident, especially because of the threat to the life of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the violence which has been directed towards him and those around him in recent times” the statement added.
Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council, John Mayaki, announced the suspension of the scheduled event to honour the dead.
He said the APC has pledged that the campaign would do everything within its powers to ameliorate their grief by reaching out to the families of the policemen involved in the fatal crash, the campaign said Edo would never forget their supreme sacrifice., ThisDay reported.
Meanwhile, the Edo APC has claimed that it is coasting to victory in the impending governorship election, relying on forecasts from multiple online polls conducted by credible media platforms which placed Ize-Iyamu ahead of the incumbent Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, as the favorite candidate to win the Sept. 19 governorship election in the state.
Details of Ize-Iyamu’s lead in the polls were presented to the press by Mayaki at a press conference in Benin City on Monday.
According to Mayaki, “To be clear, we acknowledge the importance of weighing public opinion on issues, but we also know that such exercise must be carried out in a transparent process using credible mediums that are protected from the manipulation of desperate parties like the PDP who are on the frantic chase of any form of good news to breathe some life into their deflated and dull campaign. And this brings us to the second point.”
“If the PDP wants to be taken seriously, then they should provide undebatable evidence of our sponsorship of this said opinion poll. They should not only publish the contractors, or the organization contracted, but must also disclose the full details and result of the said poll conducted by APC and won by the PDP.”
“On the other hand, from our own independent investigations, what has emerged is the fact that that some media platforms conducted polls on their respective digital platforms where reality was once again reflected as our candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, emerged with the lead votes, and our party was vindicated by the people as non-violent in its approach.”
Mayaki said the online polls reflected the reality of Ize-Iyamu’s soaring popularity in Edo state and vindicated the APC as the only political party running an issue-based campaign devoid of violence.
He also slammed the PDP for claiming that the APC sponsored a poll which showed that the party was losing in 16 LGAs of the State. According to Mayaki, the claims of the PDP amount to jitter-induced hallucinations and an attempt to give hope to the dispirited followers of the PDP and breathe life into the party’s dull and deflated campaign.
He added that the APC was focused on building on the support it enjoys across the state and has neither time nor resources to stage or manipulate polls.