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Former president Olusegun Obasanjo survives Lagos-Ibadan road accident jets out to Cote D'Ivoire on official assignment

25/10/2015 19:04

A media aide to former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has confirmed that he was involved in an accident along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on October 24, 2015. The aide also confirmed that barely 24 hours after the accident, Obasanjo, has jetted out of Nigeria to observe the presidential elections in Cote D'Ivoire.

Obasanjo was said to have been involved in an auto crash on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, on his way back from the memorial programme in honour of Stella, his late wife.
A statement by his media aide, Vitalis Ortese, said Obasanjo was on his way to the 80th birthday church service of billionaire, Kessington Adebutu, on Saturday, October 24, 2015, when the accident occurred.
The statement reads in part: “The Office of His Excellency, former President Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR wishes to clarify that, H.E. President Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR is hale, hearty and away in Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire, where he is observing the Presidential Elections holding in that country.
“The office also wishes to confirm, that yesterday Saturday, October 24, 2015, H.E. former President Olusegun Obasanjo was indeed involved in an incident on the Ibadan-Lagos Expressway, after Sagamu roundabout, while he was on his way to join in the celebrations of the 80th birthday anniversary of Chief Kessington Adebutu in Tinubu Methodist Church Lagos.
“The vehicle, he was traveling in suffered a burst left tire at the rear and swerved several times but did not hit any curb or any car in front or behind until it did an 180-degree turn and faced where it was coming from, and he had to change vehicles.
“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo wishes to convey his deep appreciation to all those, who by way of calls, personal messages and prayers, and indeed members of the general public, who have shown overwhelming concern about his welfare.”

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