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The Peoples Democratic Party, on Monday, directed that party flags at the national secretariat in Abuja be flown at half-mast in honour of 16 members who died on Saturday in a motor accident in Plateau State.The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja said the PDP family was grief-stricken over the fatal motor accident.

“Our hearts bleed. Our party deeply grieves at the loss of these patriotic Nigerians who paid the supreme price while gallantly devoting their lives in the quest with other compatriots to rescue our nation.

“The PDP mourns these courageous patriots who lost their lives in the pursuit of a better country with a purposeful leadership that cares for the wellbeing of all citizens, adding that they shall never be forgotten.”

Ologunagba said in honour of those brave compatriots, the PDP had directed that its flags at the national secretariat in Abuja be flown at half-mast while urging Nigerians not to relent in prayers for the nation at this crucial time.

Ologunagba commiserated with the families of the victims of the accidentHe prayed to God to grant them the grace to bear the loss and to heal the injured and grant them speedy recovery.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal Road Safety Corps in Plateau confirmed the death of 16 persons with 83 others sustaining various degrees of injuries.

The FRSC said it was a lone crash involving a truck conveying the PDP supporters from campaign rally in Plateau Central Zone of the state.The corps said the number of people involved was 99; 16 adult males lost their lives, while 83 persons sustained various degree of injuries.

Those injured, the corps said, were taken to hospitals in Panyam and Mangu towns by the FRSC officials of the Pankshin Unit Command.

NAN

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