The All Progressives Congress candidate for the Kogi State Governorship election, Abubakar Audu, has died.
There have being several accounts of events leding to the death of the Kogi controversial politician.
One of the sources said that the late Audu had a massive stroke around 3.10 pm on Sunday, just about the time that INEC returning officer Professor Emmanunel Kucha declared the result of the poll inconclusive.
However, another source, a family sources, stated that Audu’s health condition started deteriorating when he started vomiting blood on Friday night in what the source described as a bizarre deterioration in his health condition.
The late Audu, said to be hypertensive, woke up very tired on the election day, Saturday, but that his doctors had given him blood transfusion which gave him enough energy to go to the polling booth to vote in his hometown, Ogbonicha.
According to the source, Audu returned to his home on Saturday and began vomiting again. “After a while he became unconscious and died around 5 a.m. on Sunday morning,” said the source, who requested anonymity.
From the family’s account of the former governor’s death, it is very likely that he passed on before officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) started collation and announcement of results.
A source at INEC had hinted that the electoral officials knew of Audu’s death before they announced the results of his election inconclusive on Sunday.
Should the election not have been declared inconclusive by INEC, Audu, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, would have be declared the winner of the election that was held on Saturday.
Prince Abubakar Audu, was the first Executive Governor of Kogi State and was born on 27 October 1947, to the family of his Royal Highness, the late Pa Audu Oyidi, Orego Atta of Igala Land and the paramount ruler of Ogbonicha-Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
He started his education at the then N.A. Junior Primary School, Alloma, and later N.A Senior School Ankpa, from where he proceeded to Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha. He later transferred to the Jos Commercial College where he obtained both the GCE O and A level