Bashir Tofa, MKO Abiola's 1993 rival, is dead

Bashir Othman Tofa

Bashir Othman Tofa

Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, a rival of MKO Abiola in the June 1993 presidential election is dead. He was 74.

Tofa according to one of the deceased’s relations, died in the early hours of Monday at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) after a protracted illness.

“Alhaji Bashir Tofa died after a brief illness,” he said.

He was said to have been at the intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital for days but was recovering before he eventually succumbed to the illness.

He was initially rumoured to have died on Friday.

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An associate Alhaji Ahmed Na’abba, denied the story and said he was alive, but critically ill.

He requested prayers for the quick recovery of the politician.

Tofa, born on 20 June 1947 was the presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC), in the 1993 presidential election.

In the later annulled election, he lost his Kano home state to the winner Abiola, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party.

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