Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, is yet to make a public appearance four days after he was involved in an auto crash.The governor has been away from public view after his convoy had an accident at Ewu, on the Benin-Auchi-Okene highway that has notoriously claimed several lives and property in the past.
A J-5 Peugeot bus, reportedly loaded with plantains and tomatoes allegedly experienced break failure, left its lane and rammed into the travelling convoy of the governor.
Initial report e-mailed to National Mirror in Benin by Oshiomhole’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Prince Kassim Afegbua, said nobody sustained injury in the crash.
“Three vehicles in the governor’s convoy were in front of the Governor’s Flag Car and had passed the Peugeot J5 bus before the bus had direct impact with the governor’s car which had the governor, his aide-de-camp and his driver as occupants.
“The governor’s car was badly affected but no injuries were sustained by both occupants of the Peugeot J5 bus and that of the governor,” Afegbua narrated.
Following the governor’s unexplained absence from the public, National Mirror reliably gathered from an anonymous source at the Government House on New Year Day that Oshiomhole might have sustained injuries from the accident, contrary to the Government House report.
Our source said the governor is believed to have sustained some injuries in his shoulder and jaw. As at the time of filing this report, however, it was yet to be ascertained how severe or minor the injury was and if the governor was presently receiving treatment from any hospital.
But Governor Oshiomhole’s Chief of Staff, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, said yesterday that the governor is hale and hearty and that all is well wih him when we called to ascertain about the governor’s health.
However, his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Peter Okhiria, said the governor has not been able to make any public appearance because he was out of town, a journey he has already arranged before the accident occurred.
It will be recalled that Governor Oshiomhole and his convoy were also involved in an auto crash that occurred on Saturday, April 28, 2012 on the Auchi-Sabongida Ora road in the north senatorial district of the state, where he had gone to flag-off his political campaign for re-election then.