The Liberian People’s Party (LPP) headed by its Stander Bearer, Cllr. Tiawan Saye Gongloe, has expressed sadness over the death of three of its supporters during the just ended Presidential run-off election held between the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of President George M. Weah and the former ruling Unity Party (UP) of President-elect Joseph N. Boakai.
The incident is said to have taken place on Ganta to Saniquellie highway on November 13, a day before the conduct of the runoff election.
Report says over thirty partisans and supporters of the LPP left Monrovia on a public transport bus which summersaulted in a deep curve on the Ganta to Saniquellie highway in Nimba County.
Of the thirty persons that were on the bus there were three persons who were reported dead with over 21 others injured.
Jeffery W. Yeka an eyewitness, told this paper that the incident occurred between 3-4 PM on the eve of the presidential runoff election .
Mr. Yeka disclosed that the driver of the vehicle was in an excessive speed while engaging a deep curve along the Ganta to Saniquellie highway, something he said led to the driver losing control of the vehicle which caused the bus to summersault.
He disclosed that minutes after the accident the over thirty persons that boarded the bus were rushed to the Ganta United Methodist Hospital of which three persons were pronounced dead by Doctors at the facility .
He also noted that two of the victims were critically injured and that doctors at the Ganta hospital were not able to treat but rather transferred them to Monrovia for proper medical care .
“ It was God that saved me, because I was sitting at the top of the bus when this accident happened. It was God that told me to just hold something because I wanted to jump down but I didn’t. All I could do was to hold the steel rod that was on top of the car which later on cutoff and I landed right on the coal tar. Even though I got hurt badly but we thank God, a wounded LPP supporter who was on the bus told journalists.
Over the weekend Cllr. Gongloe , flanked by his running mate, Dr. Emmanuel Urey Yarkpawolo , LPP chairman J. Yanqui Zaza with host of other party officials officially paied visit to clinics and hospitals of which some of those affected were taking treatment.
Minutes after their visits to those hospitals and clinics, Cllr. Tiawan S. Gongloe in a brief conversation with Journalists at the Benson Hospital in Paynesville, expressed dismay over the accident and at the same time expressed his deepest condolences to the families of those that lost their lives during the proses.
“First I want to inform the public that during our support for the Unity Party, we lost four of our partisans and supports and over twenty persons were injured, many of them got injured from moto accident, two of them are current in hospital with one in the JFK and the other here at the Benson Hospital and on Saturday we will be burying two of those who died in the process . Cllr. Gongloe told newsmen. The first person died during the campaign closure of the Unity Party in Monrovia.
We pray that those that are affected recovered and as well we sympathized with the families of those that lost their lives, and we also asking the leadership of the Unity Party to be with us in this process .
This incident happened right about the time after we lost the October 10, election we took a decision and we pledged our support to the Unity Party of President elect Joseph Boakai and in the process our people were delighted to campaign and vote the Unity party unfortunately for us four persons died and many persons got injured and some are in hospitals, he narrated .
In one of his visits, Dr. Urey Yarkpawolo consoled the families of the late Ruth L. Dahn 43, who died during the accident but said those that died , died for a cause adding that they were going to excises their democratic rights by voting for President-elect Boakai.
Moreover, Dr. Yarkpawolo said “it is incumbent on President-elect Joseph Boakai and those around him to make sure that the transformation of the country is realized because those that lost their lives wanted to see a better Liberia.
Meanwhile, several affected family members appreciated the leadership of the Liberian People’s Party for the care and attention during their time of bereavement and pains .