- Category: Politics
- Published on Thursday, 18 November 2010 10:16
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At least eleven supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] died in a stampede at the ruling party’s popular ‘Mandate’ campaign office along Olohunshogo area of Ilorin, capital the Kwara State on Sallah day, police sources informed us yesterday. Mandate House is the office complex of Governor Bukola Saraki’s presidential campaign organisation in the state.
However, the Kwara State government denied that 11 people died, saying only four deaths were confirmed. The government statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary Alhaji Mas’ud Adebimpe said, “Kwara State Governor Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has commiserated with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) family in the State on the death of about four of its members who died during the Sallah celebration.”
In the condolence message, which was addressed to the PDP leadership and families of the bereaved, the governor expressed shock and sorrow over the sad event, saying “the deceased would be greatly missed by both the party and their families.” He described the death of the PDP stalwarts as a painful one as well as a great loss to the state.
Governor Saraki also sent a high powered government delegation to commiserate with the families of the victims, while the government said it had taken up the bills of those receiving treatment in the hospital.
Saraki, who also visited the injured persons at the State Specialist Hospital, Sobi, cancelled all his official engagements for the day as a mark of respect for the deceased.
The Kwara Police Command’s Public Relations Officer Dabo Ezekiel said, “No report on the incident has been made to the police, so we have no comment.” State chairman of the PDP Chief Aiyedun, when contacted on phone, said he was away to his home town for the Sallah holidays and could not comment.