A former governorship candidate in Ondo State, Olusola Oke(SAN) has relieved his experience on how he had a close shave with death in a ghastly auto crash while traveling to the southern part of the state.

The accident occured along Ore-Okitipupa road in August this year.

He said the incident shook his faith and put his family and friends on the edge.

Speaking at an thanksgiving service held at the Akure Dome, on Tuesday, Mr Oke said the journey he embarked on to the southern part of Ondo State, on Friday, August 25, 2023, turned out to be a memorable watershed, as he had a very close shave with death.

“It was God who gifted me with life, a day death almost made itself an inevitable compulsive choice for me. Guy de Maupassant has effectively captured the fickleness of life when he opines that: “How strange life is, how fickle! How little is needed for one to be ruined or saved! ”

Speaking on how the accident happened, Mr Oke said the accident was due to the recklessness of a road user, who dangerously overtook a vehicle from the opposite direction at a sharp bend.

“In an attempt by my driver to avert running to it, he manoeuvred the vehicle, very swiftly but reasonably timely, but the dislocated vehicle that we were trying to escape, in an ordinarily inexplicable way, hit our vehicle from the rear, forcing it to somersault about three times,” Mr Oke explained.

“In the process of this auto gymnastics, I was flung out of the vehicle, leaving my driver, personal assistant, and the security detail trapped inside. By the time my driver and others managed to squeeze themselves out of the wreck of the vehicle, I was lying flat in the middle of the road.

“Mercifully, no vehicles were driving past the very busy road at that moment, and God saved me from being run over and crushed to death.

“The questions then are; how did I avoid being run over by another vehicle; why did I not hit my head on the tarred road; why did I not suffer spinal cord injury but for fractured bones and broken ribs, if not for the abundant mercy and divine invisible hand of God that was involved?

“Just before my driver and others got out of the vehicle, it caught fire, and got razed down after their miraculous escape, while I was moved away from the middle of the highway to the roadside. Our evacuation from the accident scene to the Trauma Centre in Ondo by good Samaritans was a major medical step to halt our drift from life to death, even though there were no noticeable life-threatening physical injuries sustained.

“After the initial medical attention in Ondo, I was moved to Akure for observation and preparation to Abuja for concentrated clinical and family care.

“The devil did not give up on the need to precipitate complications when my treatment lasted, but God summarily silenced him.

“By the good involvement of the God that cures, wonderful efforts of medical doctors that care, and committed family members as well as friends that provided needed emotional and physical support, my bones were strengthened, my body was renewed, and my emotions were recalibrated, and I am sufficiently sound today.”

The thanksgiving service was a gathering of numerous personalities from all walks of life, particularly politicians across party lines.

Mr Oke was a governorship aspirant
in the APC ahead of the 2020 governorship election.

He is also expected to contest the party 2024 governorship ticket under the flag of the APC.

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