New Year tragedy: Trailer kills pregnant woman, 19 others
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Sympathisers wept profusely on New Year’s Eve as a trailer crushed 20 people, among them a pregnant woman, to death at the Second Gate of the New Gbagi International Market on New Ife-Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan, Oyo State.
About 15 others suffered varying degrees of injury when the trailer rammed into commercial buses.
Also on New Year’s Eve, 14 people were killed by armed robbers and auto crashes in parts of Ondo State.
The pregnant woman was identified as Mrs. Funmilayo, who was said to be on her way to visit her in-laws. She died two days after moving to her new house with her family.
The accident occurred about 11.40p.m. as the trailer going from Iwo Road axis towards Gbagi Market lost control, rammed into the commercial buses on the road, as well as, a Toyota Camry and a Nissan Micra.
The accident led to gridlock which lasted till early yesterday morning.
Sources said many of the victims caught in the accident included those going to the church for the crossover night service at Iyana-Agbala and Egbeda areas.
Both the state commands of the police and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) confirmed the accident but gave conflicting casualty figures. The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, puts the casualty figure at 11, while the state FRSC Sector Commander, Mrs. Cecilia Alao, said 12 people died. Bodies of the victims were deposited at the morgue of Oyo State Specialist Hospital, Adeoyo.
Investigation showed that aside those who died on the spot, three others died yesterday morning out of the 10 injured who were conveyed to Toun Specialist Hospital, Iwo Road area for medical attention.
A middle-age man, Waris Olatunde, said that a bus belonging to his boss, identified as ‘Orobo Baba Welder,’ had loaded passengers at the spot and when it was about to move, a trailer en route Iwo Road from Ife axis crossed the road and crushed the bus among others.
Olatunde, who claimed to be the conductor of the bus, said, “it was only God that saved me. I used to collect money for him from the passengers before he leaves the park. But yesterday, he said since it was late already, I should take N200 and leave.
“He told me that he would collect the money himself on the road. The man just closed the side door of the vehicle and before he entered from the driver side, the trailer had crossed to this side and killed everyone in the vehicle. Even a Toyota Camry and Nissan Micra car were also crushed.”
Another witness, who claimed to be a neighbour of the deceased pregnant woman, Mrs. Iseoluwa Opeyemi, explained that the woman popularly called Mama Funmilayo was on her way to her mother-in-law’s house at Iyana-Agbala area of the state when the incident occurred.
She said: “Mama Funmi was a very hardworking woman. They just moved to their new house last Saturday and she died last night. She came to our house and told us she was going to her mother-in-law’s house, not knowing that she was going to die. Her only surviving son in the crash is now at the hospital. I was there this morning and the boy was recuperating, though he had a head injury. I pray the little boy survives this.”
2019: Aisha Buhari leads APC women, youth campaign team
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has been appointed the Chairperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Women and Youths Presidential Campaign team for the 2019 election.
Director of Information, Office of the Wife of the President, Mr. Suleiman Haruna, in a statement yesterday, said the wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, would serve on the team as co-chairman of the campaign.
President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to inaugurate the campaign tomorrow at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Members of the women and youths campaign team are expected to campaign vigorously for the re-election of Buhari and Osinbajo in the February 16 poll.
The list of the appointees also has the APC National Woman Leader, Hajiya Salamatu Baiwa, as the National Coordinator.
Others include Mrs. Adejoke Adefulire as Vice Chairman (South), Mrs. Mairo Al-Makura as Vice Chairman (North), and Barr. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagu as Deputy National Coordinator (South).
Hajiya Binta Muazu is to serve as the Deputy National Coordinator (North), with wives of governors as zonal coordinators: Mrs. Rashida Yahaya Bello (North Central), Mrs. Hadiza Mohammad Abubakar (North-East), Dr. Zainab Atiku Bagudu (North-West) and Mrs. Nkechi Okorocha (South-East.)
Mrs. Florence Abiola Ajimobi would coordinate women and youths from the South-West zone while the wife of the Director-General of APC Presidential Campaign Council, Rotimi Amaechi, Judith, would coordinate the South-South women and youths for the exercise.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Administration, Dr. Hajo Sani, is to serve as the Administrative Secretary of the team.
Other members of the campaign team included artistes and celebrities from Nollywood and Kannywood as well as technocrats, politicians, academicians and the business class.
2019: Tinubu meets with loyalists, strategises on decimation of PDP
Wed, 02 Jan 2019
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has hit the ground running following his appointment as co-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, has met with members of his political family, who are members of the PCC to strategize on task before the committee.
Tinubu was named as co-chairman of the committee announced on December 28, 2018, and which has President Muhammadu Buhari as chairman.
Among his associates on the list are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; former Interim National chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande; former governor of Lagos State and current Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; former deputy governor of Lagos State, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire and a former speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Senator Olorunnibe Mamora.
Others are Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; Senior Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Affairs and chairman, Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa; a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Lagos State, Dele Alake; former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, Wale Edun and Alliance for Democracy (AD) gubernatorial candidate in the 2016 governorship election in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke (SAN).
Osinbajo, who served as Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in Tinubu’s government, is the deputy chairman of the PCC, while Akande, a former governor of Osun State is a member of the council.
The House leader, Gbajabiamila, was appointed as a member of the Special Advisory Council.
Fashola, who served as Tinubu’s Chief of Staff and later succeeded him, was appointed Director, Election Planning and Monitoring, while Orelope-Adefulire is to serve as Deputy Director, South.
Dabiri-Erewa, who represented Ikorodu Federal Constituency of Lagos State in the House of Representatives between 2003 and 2015, is the Deputy Director, Strategic Communication of the campaign council, while Alake was appointed the Secretary. Oke and Edun are to serve as Zonal Director (South-West) and Director of Finance, respectively.
Other members of the PCC, who are Tinubu’s loyalists, are APC serving governors, serving senators and members of House of Representatives, zonal women leaders as well as gubernatorial candidates.
A source close Tinubu told New Telegraph that immediately after the announcement of the APC campaign council, the former governor, who was announced as the campaign co-chairman, hit the ground running by calling a meeting of his associates.
“Asiwaju has met with members of his political family, who were appointed as members of the PCC, and I will tell you that they have come up with strategies to ensure that APC wins bulk votes in the South-West,” the source said.
He added that apart from pulling together some of his top senior aides and political strategists, Tinubu is also reaching out to other directors and members of the campaign council in other zones.
“Most importantly, Tinubu is said to be planning to meet with President Buhari as soon as possible to confer with him on next critical steps. After this meeting, he will meet with the rest of the campaign leadership towards a campaign schedule.