11th May, 2012
One person was confirmed dead on Thursday while another one was severely injured at Ijebu Ode in Ijebu Ode Local Government Area of Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria, when truck drivers went to the polls.
The man who died was known as Kayode, a.k.a. Sir K.
The incident occurred during the election of the Ajegboro Truck Transporters Association of Nigeria, ATTAN held beside Total Filling Station, Ejirin road in Ijebu Ode.
An eyewitness informed P.M.NEWS that the deceased died while driving in anger when results of the election did not favour his camp.
According to the source who was at the scene of the incident, “when the election commenced around noon, the drivers were drunk in anticipation that their candidate for the chairmanship seat would win.
“They loaded food and assorted drinks in a big truck. The owner of the truck, a young man in his late 30s was the sponsor of the candidate. He has been causing trouble since and policemen attached to Quick Response Squad had earlier taken him away and later released him to participate in the election.”
The source added: “after the election result was announced and his candidate was defeated, Kayode and another supporter ran into the Mercedez Benz car and drove recklessly to express their displeasure over the result and Kayode died instantly in a crash while the other one is in coma,” the source revealed.
“The driver rammed the Mercedez Benz car into a waiting truck belonging to one of the association members. Kayode died on the spot while another one went into coma and was rushed to a hospital,” said the source.
Our correspondent later gathered that the injured man had been rushed to the General Hospital, Ijebu Ode while the remains of the deceased was deposited at the mortuary of the hospital.
All efforts by our correspondent to get the caretaker chairman of the Association, Mr. Rufai Abdul on phone failed as his lines were not available.
One of the newly-elected officers who pleaded anonymity confirmed the incident, adding that the injured person was hospitalised. It was further gathered that the damaged vehicle had been taken to Obalende Police Station, Ijebu Ode.
A police source confirmed the incident, saying that they have commenced investigation into the accident.
According to his elder sister Oyin, Sir K is survived by a wife and two children named Imole and Ayo.
He will be buried today at Oke Owa area of Ogun State.