Governorship candidate of the PDP in Cross River State, Senator Sandy Onor has sympathised with the government and people of the state over the accident that claimed seven lives during the Calabar Carnival.
The senator has however urged security operatives to ensure that the killer driver is made the face the full wrath of the law.
Onor said these in a statement he personally signed and released on Wednesday.
The statement reads: “I received with so much shock, the news of the bloody incident in Calabar that claimed about seven lives during the bikers’ day in the ongoing Calabar Carnival.
“My heart truly goes to the deceased families and also to the families of those whose relatives are now recuperating in the hospital, following injuries sustained during the tragic occurrence.
“I believe that the accident was avoidable. Clearly, if the organisers had been a bit more strict and detailed, the killer driver would not have been able to access the carnival routes.
“Honestly, i had expected the government to show more empathy by at least cancelling the Miss Africa pageant that still occurred yesterday in honour of the deceased and injured. To have acted perfunctorily was completely wrong and unacceptable.
“We have not experienced this type in the history of carnivals in this state. May this one be the first and the last that we will ever have to witness.
“I sympathise with the people of Cross River State and with all Nigerians on this painful incident that has undeniably given the Calabar Carnival a bad dent on its image.
“Let me implore our security agents to ensure that the killer driver is made to pay dearly for his recklessness so that others can learn from it.
“May God be with us now and always.”