Abubakar Audu Had Complained Of A Certain Food He Ate In Lokoja On Friday, Family Sources Say

News of the demise of the All Progressives Congress Candidate, Abubakar Audu came soon after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the governorship election held in Kogi on Saturday inconclusive, following the cancellation of the results of the poll in 91 polling units.

Chieftains of the APC who had started congratulating themselves, following preliminary results that favoured the APC during the collation process, were thrown into shock.

A source at the party’s headquarters in Abuja said chieftains of the party embarked on frantic phone calls immediately news of the death of their governorship candidate broke, with some reaching out to the president who was informed of Audu’s demise immediately he landed in Teheran, Iran, where he is attending a gas summit.

The late Audu was said to have complained of stomach ache on Saturday soon after returning from the polling booth where he had gone to vote in his country home at Ogbonicha, Ofu Local government. He was advised to take a rest.

There are different versions of how he passed, with some saying he died at 10am on Sunday, while some others said he slumped and died after INEC declared the result of the Kogi governorship election inconclusive.

Personal Assistant to the late former governor, Alhaji Isah Atodo, told newsmen that the APC candidate died in the early hours of Sunday, even before the governorship poll was declared inconclusive.

Abubakar’s death, according to another family source, was not unconnected with the running stomach he had the previous day, which made him vomit seriously.

He said Audu had complained of a certain food he ate in Lokoja on Friday before embarking on the journey to his country home in Ogbonicha, Ofu local government.

The deceased politician was very close to making history when he died suddenly. He would have been the only person in the country with the record of being elected three times.

One of the aides of the APC candidate, Tenimu Nasidi, said that as Muslims, his kinsmen and associated had taken his death in good faith as they strongly believe that God gives and God takes.

“To me I believe that his time was up; nothing any man could do to stop it,” he said, adding that the former governor will be buried today according to Muslim rights.

Other reports suggest that the late Audu fell sick after casting his vote last Saturday and complained. He was said to have had a heart attack.

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