Victor Oshioke, the media aide of Adams Oshiomhole, erstwhile national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has narrated how his principal escaped death in an auto crash on Tuesday.
TODAY POLITICS had yesterday reported that the ruling party chieftain was involved in an accident while heading for campaign in Usen area of Edo State.
A trailer in motion had ran into his moving convoy and some security details of the former Edo governor were confirmed dead while others sustained various forms of injuries.
Narrating what transpired in a Tuesday statement, Oshioke said he believes the incident is an assassination attempt on his principal who is backing an opposition candidate to wrestle power from his successor, Godwin Obaseki, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“Some minutes after 12 pm today Tuesday September 1, 2020, there was a motor accident involving the convoy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, along Benin Lagos by-pass before Oluku junction,” the media aide narrated.
“The convoy was headed to Usen Community in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State, where Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was expected to appear at a campaign rally alongside Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC governorship candidate in the September 19, 2020 election in the state, when a trailer driving in the same direction veered off its course, hit the back up Toyota Hilux vehicle carrying 7 policemen, forcing it off the road, into the bush and rammed into the Sports Utility vehicle carrying Comrade Oshiomhole, causing substantial damage.
“We are sad to report that two police personnel in the Toyota Hilux truck lost their lives while two others are in critical condition receiving treatment at a hospital in the state.
“Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other persons in the convoy, apart from those indicated above did not sustain any injuries.
“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.
“Without prejudice to police investigations, eyewitnesses account of the incident suggest, and we believe rightly too, that this was an assassination attempt, targeting Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“It is painful that innocent policemen performing their legal duties lost their lives in this very unfortunate incident.
“While we pray for the quick recovery of the injured policemen, we extend our condolences to the families of the departed,” he concluded.