Four members of the New Nigeria Political Party (NNPP) in Niger State died in an auto crash along Minna-Suleja highway while returning from Abuja after attending the unveiling of pastor Idahosa as presidential candidate running mate to Senator Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso.
The accident occurred on Monday night, July 18, when the NNPP Sharon branded vehicle which they were traveling in ran into a stationery truck between Lambata and Lapai in Niger state.
Those that died are Alhaji Mohammed Kaffinta Katcha the zonal chairman of the party in Zone A, the Chairman of the party for Agaie local government area Alhaji Baba Nda-Yako Usman, the Youth leader of the party in the zone Mr Usman Mai- Nasara and the driver of the vehicle in which they were traveling whose name was given as Zakari.
Three others however sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving treatment at a private hospital, and they include the Chairman of Gbako Local Government of the party Alhaji Usman Usman, that of Edati LGA Alhaji Nasiru Mohammed and that of Lapai LGA Alhaji Sani Musa.
The deceased persons have been buried in their communities, according to Muslim rites.
The Leader of the party in the state, Alhaji Danladi Abdulhameed, who confirmed the incident described it as “sad and pathetic” but said “as Muslims we should take the incident as an act of God”.
Abdulhameed said the National Leader and presidential candidate of the party Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has also commiserated with the families of the deceased.
“Our presidential candidate has promised to lead a high powered delegation to Niger state to condole with the government and people of the state and the entire NNPP family.” he added.