A boat accident which occurred on Tuesday night, December 20, along Gbaramatu-Warri river, has claimed the lives of at least five members of All Progressives Congress in Delta state.
Victims of the boat accident include APC party members and supporters who were returning from the party’s Governorship rally held earlier in the day in Okerenkoko and Ugborodo towns in Warri South West Local Government Area.
A commercial boat traveling in the opposite direction rammed into the boat carrying the APC loyalists thus resulting in the capsize.
Sources told newsmen that some victims of the accident are receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the accident.
Two persons reportedly lost their lives instantly, three drowned and seven others in hospital receiving treatment from injuries sustained in the accident.
Director of the Delta APC Governorship Campaign Council, Ima Niboro who confirmed the incident, said in a statement;
“We are shocked by this tragedy, and our hearts are heavy. Our prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families. This is one tragedy too many, and our party is officially in mourning.
“We are currently working with the relevant authorities and communities to search for the missing. We are also in the process of reaching out to the families and loved ones of those that lost their lives while ensuring that the injured receive the best care possible.
“In honour of the dead, missing, and injured, we have decided to indefinitely suspend all further campaigns. The Campaign Council will advise on the next steps in the coming days and weeks.
“Once again, we express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and pray that the Almighty comforts and gives them fortitude in these trying times.”