(Codewit)Governor Wada Idris of Kogi State was involved in a ghastly automobile crash on Friday afternoon. The accident claimed the life of his aide-de-camp, Idris Mohammed, on the spot. Mohammed was an Assistant Superintendent of Police.
However, his driver was said to have escaped unhurt.
Wada, who was returning from his hometown of Ayingba, where he had gone to attend the 2012 Igala summit, was heading back to Lokoja to attend Fridayâ€™s Jumat Service when the accident occurred on the Lokoja-Ajaokuta Road.
The accident occurred at Emi Woro village, about 12km to Lokoja, the state capital, in between Prime Polytechnic and Salem University, in Ajaokuta Local Government Area.
The governor reportedly sustained fractures, and was rushed to the State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja, for treatment.
According to www.premiumtimes.com.ng, an online news medium, Wada broke one of his legs in the accident.
Wada was later transferred to a hospital in Abuja for a better medical treatment as a result of his injuries.
The governor has been admitted at Cedacrest Hospital, 4, Amurie Omanze Street, Garki 2, Abuja.
Our correspondent observed that security was beefed up around the area, just as scores of family members, aides and political associates besieged the hospital.
Kogi State Government officials and vehicles were also seen in large numbers at the hospital on Friday evening.
Our correspondent learnt that only the official black jeep of the governor was involved in the accident.
Reports said the jeep had a burst tyre, even as the car ran into an uncompleted building, making it to somersault. In the process, his ADC, Mohammed, was thrown off from the vehicle. The jeep later ran over him in the course of summersaulting.
Kogi State Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Bologi Yabagi, in a statement on Friday, confirmed the accident.
He, however, said Wada was in a stable condition.
Yabagi said, â€œThe convoy of the (Executive) Governor of Kogi State, Capt. Idris Ichalla Wada, has been involved in a ghastly accident. The governor survived the road mishap and is in a stable condition.
â€œSadly however, the governorâ€™s Aide-de-Camp, Idris Mohamed, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, died on the spot.
â€œThe accident occurred on Friday afternoon at Emi Woro Village, about 12km from the state capital in between Prime Polytechnic and Salem University in Ajaokuta Local Government Area. The convoy was returning from an annual Igala Education Summit, which the governor declared open at the state university in Anyigba.â€
Wada took to active politics in 2011 and ran for governor of Kogi State under the Peoples Democratic Party umbrella. He defeated his major opponent, Abubakar Audu, of the Action Congress of Nigeria.
He polled 300,372 votes, which is 58 per cent of the 518,949 valid votes cast as against, Audu, who scored 159,913 votes, representing 31 per cent of valid votes cast.
Wada was elected governor of Kogi on Dec. 3, 2011 and was sworn in on Jan. 27, 2012 after a drama which saw the then speaker, Mr. Abdullahi Bello, being first sworn in as acting governor of the state.
Wadaâ€™s election followed the ruling of the Supreme Court, which sacked five PDP governors, whose tenure elapsed on May 29 2011. The governors were Ibrahim Idris (Kogi); Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa); Liyel Imoke (Cross River); Murtala Nyako (Adamawa); and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto). The seven-member panel that decided the case was chaired by a former Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Dahiru Musdapher. Other members were Justices Mahmud Mukhtar, Walter Onnonghen, Chukwuma Ene, Ibrahim Coomasie, Olufunlola Adekeye and Mary Peter-Odili.
His victory at the poll, which was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, had been fraught with many legal battles; he has all of them till date.
Wada, who was born on Aug. 26, 1950 in Dekina, Kogi State, is the third civilian governor of the state. He is a pilot and businessman.
He attended Government Secondary School, Dekina, from 1963 to 1968; and later went to Federal Government College, Sokoto, from 1970 to 1972 to complete his secondary school education.
He attended the University of Abuja from 1999 to to 2006.