There was a mild drama and confusion on Monday, January 28, when the podium on which some leaders of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jeda local government area of Kebbi state suddenly collapsed.
The opposition leaders, including the state’s governorship candidate, Isah Muhammad Galaudi, reportedly fell off when the podium collapsed completely and sustained various degrees of injuries.
The video of the collapse has been shared several times on Twitter, eliciting various reactions.
Meanwhile, a similar occurrence was experienced about a week earlier when a pavilion platform collapsed and injured dozens of APC supporters at an election campaign venue in Maiduguri, Borno state.
Legit.ng gathered that at least one person died while over 50 others were injured in the incident which occurred at the Ramat Square which was packed with thousands of APC supporters.
A section of the platform reportedly crumbled under the weight of people who had climbed on top of a metal pavilion constructed to provide shade at the venue.
The incident was said to have occurred midway into the event and shortly before President Muhammadub Buhari delivered his speech.
The collapse of the structure was said to have caused a commotion at the rally as many scampered for safety.
President Muhammadu Buhari later expressed sadness over the incident. The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement, said the president was shocked by the incident and prayed for the quick recovery of the persons who suffered injuries following the pavilion collapse.
“I am shocked to hear about the many who suffered injury following the tragic incident at the stadium this afternoon in Maiduguri. May Allah heal all those that were injured," the president was quoted to have said.
“I understand that the Borno State government, the Red Cross and other aid agencies are taking steps to help affected people. May Allah heal the injured."
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