The statement issued by the Atiku Media Office on Wednesday in Abuja reveal that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has commiserated with the people and government of Abia state over the pipeline explosion which killed scores of people in the state.
The pipeline explosion claimed some lives and destroyed properties on October 12, in Umuimo and Umuaduru communities in Osisioma Local Government Area of Abia State. He donated N10m for the rehabilitation of the survivors.
The vice presidential candidate and former Anambra Governor, Peter Obi, representing Atiku, visited the affected communities in company of the Abia Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and other officials of the state. Atiku said the news of the explosion was very devastating and that it was particularly touching that so many lives were lost in the incident. He added that the fatal incident should raise the red flag for proper safety measures along all pipeline beds across the country.
The presidential candidate condoled with the government and people of Abia State, praying for families that lost their relations in the incident.
Other dignitaries who welcomed Peter Obi include the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ude Oko Chukwu; Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe and Hon. Solomon Adaelu.