Two delegates from Rivers State who participated in the just concluded Presidential Primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja have died in an auto crash.
Onimiteim Vincent and Barrister Prince Loveday Motats have been identified as the delegates.
The Toyota Sienna transporting them back to Port Harcourt is said to have somersaulted while the driver was attempting to avoid colliding with another vehicle.
Onimiteim is said to have died on the spot, while the other five were taken to an undisclosed hospital, where Motats died later.
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The accident happened around 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, near the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) Staff Quarters, according to an occupant of the vehicle, Innocent Amadi.
“Our vehicle was traveling at a high rate. As a result, there was another vehicle in front of the vehicle during the process. Our driver couldn’t control the vehicle because he was speeding. When he applied the brakes, the wheel began to pull away. The motor did a backflip. I was directly in front of the car. Because I wore my seat belt, I was unharmed. “We lost one person and injured five others,” he said.
Pastor Tonye Cole, the APC governorship candidate in Rivers State, confirmed the tragic incident in a statement on Friday, June 10.
“I am saddened to learn of the deaths of Hon. Onimiteim Vincent Samuel and Barr. Prince Loveday Motats, two great statesmen and loyal servants of the APC in Rivers State, with whom we had developed a bond and friendship,” he said.
“These gems were lost in an accident on our way back from the presidential primaries, yet another painful sacrifice for a democratic nation.” At this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.
“While we mourn, we must not be depressed; instead, we must honor the lives of these fallen patriots and carry on their traditions of loyalty, diligence, and honor.” They did not die in vain, and the contribution they made to the country through the APC in Rivers State will not be forgotten. “Until we meet again, rest in peace.”
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