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21.11.2008 Elections

Nana Cars Crash

By Daily Guide

Reports reaching DAILY GUIDE indicate that the convoy of New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was involved in an accident yesterday.

Two vehicles in the convoy somersaulted, injuring the occupants.

No fatality was recorded, as all the wounded persons were responding to treatment at the Bawku Presbyterian Hospital.

Nana Addo and his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, are touring the Upper East Region after a successful tour of the Upper West.

The near-gory accident occurred at Guru in the Garu Timpane District of the Upper East Region at exactly 3:55 pm when two Toyota Land Cruisers in the convoy, which were driving at top speed, somersaulted.

Five people, including Ms Gloria Akufo, former Minister of Aviation and Ghana's Ambassador-designate to the Republic of Ireland, who was on board one of the two vehicles, sustained minor injuries.

Hon. Gloria Akufo's injury was not as serious as that of the other four victims whose names were given as Fati, Rabi, Samuel Obiri and a driver. 

Luckily, by the time of the incident, Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate's cars had passed already.

An eyewitness told DAILY GUIDE that the NPP presidential candidate's convoy was returning from Pusiga where Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate had laid a wreath on the tomb of the late Hawa Yakubu and were on their way to Guru.

He noted that since the road was dusty, the drivers of the two vehicles could not see a sharp curve, resulting in the accident.

The source indicated that the entire place became dusty as a result of the accident, making it difficult for rescuers to immediately help the injured.

He intimated that other members of the Nana Addo entourage rescued the injured to the hospital where they were responding to treatment as at press time.

Nana Addo began the northern tour on Monday as the December elections enter home stretch.

Members of the NPP campaign team are expected to round off the Upper East tour tomorrow after which they would hold a Believe in Ghana (BIG) concert in Tamale.

From Fred J.A. Ibrahim Jnr. Kumasi