Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, now Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, escaped death on Monday morning after his car got involved in an accident along the Airport Road in Abuja.
The motor accident occurred near the Bolingo Junction close to the Ship House, Abuja.
A witness said Mr. Akpabio was moving in a convoy of vehicles towards the City Gate when his vehicle ran into another car.
The witness said, “My wife and I were coming from the NNPC Mega Station and we stopped at the traffic light by Bolingo Hotel Junction. When the green light showed and we made to move, there was this siren blaring Mercedes Benz jeep that came from the town and almost crashed onto my car. I don’t know how we dodged but another that was behind the jeep hit the car behind me and tumbled on its side.
“I and my wife rushed out of our vehicle and helped the driver bring out his boss. When we brought him out, we found that it was former governor Godswill Akpabio.
“At the time we brought him out, the siren was still blaring. We put him in the other vehicle and he was rushed to the National Hospital.”
The witness said Akpabio was badly shaken and was in a traumatic condition when he was brought out of the crashed vehicle.
He said the former governor was apparently rushing out of the city when his convoy beat the traffic and crashed.
Shortly after the accident, Akpabio was reportedly admitted at the National Hospital. However, a source revealed that the former governor was later moved to a private section of the hospital for X-ray and other investigations.
Confirming the accident, the driver of the ex-governor revealed that his boss was in stable condition. He however declined to explain how the accident happened and provide any details.
The chief medical director of the hospital, J. Momoh, when contated said that he could not speak on Akpabio’s behalf because he has no authorisation from the family. The director noted that it is against medical ethics to speak about a patient in admission.
Another source at the hospital said that Akpabio was “doing OK” as he only suffered shock after the accident.