Posted by News Express | 23 November 2015 | 4,813 times
The body of the late strongman of Kogi politics, Prince Abubakar Audu, has been buried in his expansive compound in his country home in Ogbonicha-Alloma, Ofu Local Government Area of the state.
Audu, who as governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was the frontrunner in last Saturday’s governorship election in the state, died yesterday as the ballot was being declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commissione (INEC). He had secured 240,867 votes as against the 199,514 votes garnered by Governor Wada, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but the cancelled votes outweighed the margin of victory.
A report by PREMIUM TIMES said Audu was buried at about 1:50 p.m. in the presence of a mammoth crowd who earlier insisted that he was alive after a rumour spread that he was resurrected after some prayer warriors had prayed over his body. There was heavy security presence, with imams leading the burial rites with prayers, the report said.
It added that some former governors present at the burial included George Akume of Benue, Abdulkadir Kure of Niger, Lucky Igbinedion of Edoe and Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano. Senator Dino Melaye was also reportedly present to pay his last respect to the departed former governor of Kogi, as well as several other dignitaries.
•Photo courtesy of Daily Trust/Summer Shagari shows grave diggers at work preparatory to late Abubakar Audu’s interment . . . this morning in his country home in Ogbonicha-Alloma, Ofu LGA, Kogi State.
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