Bashir Tofa, MKO Abiola’s June 12, 1993 Presidential Opponent Dies At 74

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    A former presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) in the 1993 aborted Third Republic, Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, has died at the age of 74 years.

    He was born in June 1947 and was also the Chairman of Kano Elders Forum.

    Tofa contested the June 12, 1993 presidential election with the late Chief MKO Abiola, who won the election.

    That election, described as the best conducted in the history of Nigeria, was annulled by the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

    Tofa was rumoured to have died on Friday but this was denied later by a close associate, Alhaji Ahmed Na’abba, who said that he was still alive, while another source claimed he was critically ill and hospitalised.

    However, reports from Kano on Monday morning said that Tofa has passed on.

    According to family sources, he died at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in the early hours of Monday.

    Confirming his death, one of the deceased relations, said: “Alhaji Bashir Tofa died after a brief illness.”

    During the Nigerian Second Republic, Tofa was at various times the secretary of the Kano branch of Natiinal Party of Nigeria (NPN).

    He later became the party’s national financial secretary and was a national member of the Green Revolution National Committee.

    During the Third Republic, he was part of the Liberal Movement which metamorphosed to Liberal Convention when it was not registered as a political party.

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