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TRAGEDY: One Dead, Many Injured During Asuquo Ekpenyong’s APC Membership Drive In Northern Cross River.

By Our Reporter

Tragedy struck yesterday as one of the vehicles conveying members of Asuquo Ekpenyong’s APC membership drive in northern part of the state were involve in a ghastly motor accident.


Mr. Asuquo Ekpenyong who is the current commissioner for finance had embarked on an initiative to mobilize more members for the APC in the northern senatorial district.

Although he is not a member of the Cross River State Exco of the All Progressives Congress, itinerary seen by this paper also indicates that Mr. Ekpenyong had scheduled to meet with members of the APC across the state, officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, members of security agencies among others.

Wreckage of the vehicle

The unfortunate incident, according to our sources happened as the vehicle was descending the hills of the famous Obudu cattle ranch, in Obanliku local government area of the state.

Findings by The Parchment reveals that the accident was as a result of break failure in the hummer bus, conveying the press team. While several people sustained various degrees of injury, one person lost his life.

“the driver in trying to escape falling into the valley had to use the left lane instead of the right. It was at in process that he ran into a man riding Okada, unfortunately the man could not survive” an occupant of the vehicle who didn’t want his name in print told our reporter

It was revealed that the team, since its arrival had consistently gone up and down the hill with many of the occupants complaining.

Prior to the accident, one occupant, Eval Asikong for fear, had stayed back and refused to go up the hill.

“a day before the accident while we were going up the ranch, we could not see anything, everywhere was cloudy. People complained bitterly, but I was surprised they went up again the next day, then the unfortunate happened” one of them said.

Our finding reveals that among the injured, includes Beatrice Akpala, Matthew Okache, Prince Charles Ekanem, some of whom are media aides of governor Ben Ayade.

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