by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
PLATEAU STATE – The Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday visited victims of the tragic accident involving supporters of the party, who were returning to Mangu from the Campaign Flag-off of the Central Zone of Plateau State, held in Pankshin Saturday.
The accident occurred around Jwak Village, Panyam District, in Mangu Local Government Area of the State.
Atiku Abubakar, in company of the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, and other eminent personalities were led to the accident and emergency unit of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), by the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the State, Barr. Caleb Mutfwang (BCM), where they met the victims to sympathize with them and pray for their recovery.
Earlier, Atiku Abubakar and his team were at the residence of the former Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah David Jang, to commiserate with him over the tragic incident that has so far claimed 13 lives.
The presidential hopeful also visited the Mishkaham Mwaghavul, His Royal Highness Daa John Putmang Hirse, who was flanked by the National President of Mwaghavul Development Association (MDA), Sir Joseph Gwankat, and some members of the Mwaghavul Traditional Council.
He expressed his condolences to the Mwaghavul nation and prayed for the repose of the souls of those, who lost their lives in the accident.
The Mishkaham Mwaghavul accepted Atiku Abubakar’s condolences on behalf of the people of Mangu LGA.
The presidential candidate donated the sum of N30 million (thirty million naira) to the accident victims, while the national chairman of the PDP donated N10 million (ten million naira) on behalf of the party, bringing the total donations to N40 million (forty million naira).
Most of the persons, who died in the accident, have been buried by their respective families, while numerous survivors on admission have been discharged, remaining 5 at Nisi Dominus Hospital, and 2 at Nanret Bethel Medical Center, all in Mangu.
Of the 28 admitted at the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), 3 have been discharged, while the remaining 25 are all in stable conditions.