In a vehicle accident, two delegates from Rivers State who participated in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Primaries in Abuja recently died.
Onimiteim Vincent and Barrister Prince Loveday Motats have been recognized as the delegates.
According to reports, the Toyota Sienna transporting them back to Port Harcourt flipped over while the driver was attempting to avoid colliding with another car.
Onimiteim is alleged to have died on the scene, while the other five were brought to an undisclosed hospital, where Motats died later.
An occupant of the vehicle, Innocent Amadi, said the accident happened around 8 a.m on Wednesday, June 8, near the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) Staff Quarters.
“Our vehicle was on high speed. So, in the process, there was another vehicle before the vehicle. Because our driver was speeding, he couldn’t control the vehicle. He applied the brakes and the wheeled pulled out. The motor summersaulted. I was in front of the vehicle. I came out unhurt because I fastened my seat belt. We lost one person; five others were injured.” he said.
APC governorship flagbearer in Rivers State, Pastor Tonye Cole, confirmed the tragic incident in a statement on Friday, June 10.
“I am saddened to hear about the loss of Hon. Onimiteim Vincent Samuel and Barr. Prince Loveday Motats; two great statesmen, and loyal servants of the APC, Rivers State of whom we had developed a bond and friendship,” he stated.
“We lost these gems in an accident heading back from the presidential primaries, in yet another painful sacrifice for a democratic nation. My heart and prayers are with their families and loved ones at this difficult time.
“While we mourn, we must not despair, instead we will celebrate the lives of these fallen patriots, and carry on their legacies of loyalty, diligence & honor. They have not fallen in vain and the impact they made serving this Nation through APC in Rivers State will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace till we meet again.”