Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose on Tuesday escaped death after his Mercedes-Benz G-Class was consumed by fire on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos State.
According to Lere Olayinka, his spokesman, Fayose was not in the car by providence.
Olayinka said the cause of the fire was unknown.
“There was an accident involving Ekiti state governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose’s vehicle on his way to the airport yesterday,” Olayinka said.
“Though he was meant to be in the vehicle, by providence, he was not there.
“What caused the sudden fire under the vehicle is yet to be ascertained.
“The governor is grateful to God that no casualty was recorded. He also thanked the people who made spirited efforts to put out the fire.”
A traffic official who witnessed the accident said, he said, “The accident happened around 1.30pm on the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway inward Airport Road. It happened on the Oshodi bridge, not too far from the LASTMA’s headquarters.
“We cannot tell the exact cause of the fire. We gathered from those at the scene that the governor was in the G-Class when the accident happened and he quickly escaped into another car in his convoy.
“On getting to the scene, we saw the driver who tried to cover his face with a Fez cap. He watched helplessly as the fire raged on. We alerted the state fire service and LASEMA. The LASEMA response unit had to take one way to access the accident scene because the road was blocked because of the inferno.”