Two policemen lost their lives in an accident involving the convoy of Adams Oshiomhole, former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday.
Oshiomhole and a campaign team of the APC were on their way to Usen in Ovia south east local government area of Edo state when the accident happened.
Commenting on the incident, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, governorship candidate of the APC, said the accident could be interpreted as an attempt on the life of Oshiomhole.
He also announced a 24-hour suspension of his campaign in honour of the deceased officers.
“I wish to send my deepest sympathies to families, friends, and all who knew the two exceptional Policemen we lost today in the tragic and disturbing auto crash involving the convoy of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole traveling with other leaders of the APC to a campaign event in Usen, Ovia South West LGA,” he said.
“We have since called off all campaign events scheduled for today and joined efforts with Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to ensure the best care for injured persons.
“The circumstances of the crash were indeed curious and have left us deeply concerned, as the truck responsible for the crash, according to witness accounts of those in the convoy and other road users, appeared to have deliberately rammed into the convoy in what could reasonably be interpreted to mean an attempt on the life of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole
“While awaiting the conclusion of the investigation of the Police in response to our petition, I urge our party followers across the State to remain calm and alert.
“May God rest the dead and grant quick and full recovery to those injured, Amen.”
There has been tension in Edo in the buildup to the September 19 governorship election.
On Sunday, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, said there is a high likelihood of violence and possible cross-attack by political opponents during the polls.
The APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the dominant parties in the state have traded blames over violence.
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