by Dare Akogun
Ten persons, including the crown prince of Epe, Kunle Adewale, reportedly drowned on Saturday in Lagos after a boat conveying them capsized shortly after going across the lagoon to cast their votes.
Kunle is the first son of the Olu of Epe, Oba Shefiu Adewale, and was a deputy director in the state’s Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for Epe local council, Muiz Bello, also died in the boat mishap, which the state APC Chairman, Henry Ajomale, described as unfortunate. Adewale’s wife, however, survived as she was rescued on time.
According to eyewitnesses at the accident scene, Adewale was travelling along with Bello, his wife, and personal assistant and others when the boat capsized. They were on their way to Mausa village, across the lagoon.
Confirming the incident, National Emergencies Management Authority, NEMA, Southwest zone spokesperson, Ibrahim Farinloye, stated that Bello’s wife, who registered in Mausa had wanted to go and vote, while the husband insisted on following her.
“Bello’s wife registered across the sea and wanted to go and participate in the electoral process, while the husband insisted he would not allow her to go alone.
“It took rescuers a long time to find the bodies of Bello and his personal assistant. The corpse of Prince Adewale has also been recovered and buried in his house, while Bello’s wife, who was rushed to a general hospital, is responding to treatment,” Farinloye said.
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