Nigerians are still in shock over the sudden death of Prince Abubakar Audu, the All Progressive Congress,APC gubernatorial candidate in last Saturday’s gubernatorial election.
The APC candidate who was leading the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP
candidate who is also the incumbent governor of Kogi State appeared hale and hearty when he came to vote in a convoy of Escalade cars in his Ogbonicha, Ofu Local Government Area yesterday.
Audu who arrived at the polling unit around 1.40 pm walked briskly to the polling area and was quickly attended to by the electoral officers even as retinue of women sang his praises.
He granted waiting journalists a very brief interview during which he complained about reports of snatching of ballot boxes he said he heard was taking place in some polling units.
He immediately entered his car to go back to his sparkling white expansive mansion which was less than 500 metres away from the polling unit. But Audu’s problems started after he had exercised his franchise.
Sources told this magazine that the Ogbonicha Prince fell ill at home, about seven hours after he voted.At a stage, he started vomiting blood. TheNEWS learnt that he was stabilised Saturday night by doctors around him.
TheNEWS learnt that his condition took a turn for the worse. He first suffered a minor stroke and a massive stroke followed.
When his condition worsened,his friends started making arrangements to transfer him out of the country through an Air Ambulance. The arrangement was still on when the 68 year old man died.
Sources told this magazine that the former governor died around 3.10 pm on Saturday, the same time tension over the result of the election in which he was the major candidate was at its peak.
The election was finally declared inconclusive by the electoral commission soon after his death.
Audu’s death on Sunday has put a final stop to what many have described as his perpetual ambition to be the numero uno in Kogi State.
The deceased participated in all the gubernatorial elections held in the state in his lifetime. Hence, his opponents derisively referred to him as a perpetual gubernatorial aspirant.
His political opponents said this was borne out of his arrogant believe that he was the best for the state.
The late Ogbonicha Prince is known for his flamboyance as reflected in the design of his attires and sprawling residences in Lokoja, his village and in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory.
Audu’s contributions to the infrastructural development of Kogi state during the two times he governed the State, according to analysts was responsible for the massive votes he got across the 16 out of the 21 local government of Kogi in last Saturday’s election.
Perhaps, it was in recognition of this that his opponent in that election also swiftly declared seven days mourning for him.
Audu was born 27 October 1947. He was twice the Governor of his state. His first tenure was from January 1992 until November 1993 and the second from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2003.
He was born to the family of his Royal Highness, the late Pa Audu Oyidi, Orego Atta of Igala Land and the paramount rule of Ogbonicha-Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
culled from PM News.