TAN Rally Turns Bloody in Minna, Anyim, Govs Escape Death, Others Injured
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim and some governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), narrowly escaped death on Saturday as the VIP stage of the rally to drum up support for the reelection of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 general election collapsed.
However, some top members of the party (PDP) sustained various degrees of injuries and were immediately taken to the hospital for treatment.
Among those who were on the VIP stand when it collapsed were the Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku and the wife of the Niger State Governor, Mrs Babangida Aliyu, who was said to have sustained injuries.
The names of others who were on the VIP stand when it collapsed and suffered injuries could not be ascertained as at the time of filing this report.
The rally organised by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), is the North -Central version of the nationwide event.
The dignitaries had barely seated at the Minna Trade Fair Complex venue of the rally when the VIP stand suddenly caved in, trapping a few of those already seated.
The incident caused pandemonium as supporters of the rally were seen scampering for safety, while many others hurriedly left the venue.
However, when the state governor, Babangida Aliyu, observed that supporters have started leaving the venue, he rushed to the microphone to appeal to the crowd not to leave assuring them that the situation had been brought under control.
Te rally, then, continued after an alternative seating area was created for important dignitaries.
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