Dr. Ore Falomo, former physician to late the winner of annulled June 12 election, Chief Moshood Abiola, is dead. He was 79 years old.
Family sources said he died around 2 am on Saturday after a brief illness. He had been battling age-related ailments for some time now.
A renowned doctor, Falomo had as clients many eminent Nigerians, top military leaders, monarchs, businessmen and diplomats. But he was also politically-aware.
Along with some activists and progressives, Dr. Falomo fought for the re-validation of June 12 election. He was one of the few who often saw Abiola in his detention centre then and even saw him two weeks before his death.
During that visit and apparently showing he had a premonition about his death, when confronted with rumours which made the rounds that he had died, MKO told his visitor Falomo: “I know I’m dead. My grave has been dug. They have put me in the grave, only waiting to cover it up.”
Falomo was also subjected to a sort of psychological torture by the military, which later denied him access to the detained winner of June 12, 1993 presidential poll.