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Prince Abubakar Audu: The end of a political era in Kogi

24 November 2015, 13:00 Hussain Obaro

In what started like an expensive rumor in the early hours of Sunday 28th November 2015, the sudden death of Prince Abubakar Audu was later confirmed by close family source and members of his political party, the APC. The jubilation that greeted the news of Prince Audu’s demise to the great beyond in some parts of the state and by some persons in Lagos, whose game plan of installing their crony as a governor of the state like they did in most southwest states, isn’t only unfortunate and inhumane, but shows the height of desperation and lack of respect for the sanctify of human life on the altar of politics. Whatever anyone has against the person of Prince Audu and whatever opinion anyone has about him, rightly or wrongly, negative or positive, the Adoja has done his bit on earth and he is gone to face the ultimate judgment of his creator.

Like many politicians of his class, among whom were the late enigma of Anebira politics, Senator A.T Ahmed and late Dr. Steven Achema, Prince Audu left no one in doubt of his love for the people of his immediate constituency (Igala). The interest of his people always comes first and remains uppermost in his mind and for this he was well loved by the entire Igala nation and even after he left government for 12 years, the people still turned out en mass to openly display their love for one of their own, in whom they are well pleased, this was reflected in the pattern of votes and the fact that he got more votes from the Igala dominated Kogi East Senatorial District of the state by overwhelmingly winning eight out of nine local governments, leaving only one local government for the incumbent governor who is also an igala man, as already declared by the Independent National electoral Commission INEC.                                                                                           

Prince Abubakar Audu was already close and getting set for victory dance but this was not to be, as the cold hands of death had already took away the titan and an icon of Kogi State politics, preventing him from celebrating his already assured electoral victory. Prince Audu has left us all in this sinful world and gone to meet his lord and God, to give account of his stewardship and account of his sojourn on earth. Had he knew he would die untimely while the November 21st gubernatorial election results was still being collated, maybe, just maybe he wouldn’t had bothered to contest at all.                

Also Read: INEC insists Audu remains APC candidate

Death is a sure and necessary end to every mortal, therefore all and Sunday should rally round the people of Kogi State and the Igala nation in particular at this trying time in mourning the demise of the departed political symbol and pride of his people. As the permutation continues on the way forward to the political future of the state as a result of the constitutional crisis already created in Kogi State, there is the need for sober reflection, political rebirth, moderation and sincere reconciliation among the political class in the Confluence State.        

The electoral empire (INEC), the security agencies and of course politicians should put the interest of the generality of the state first in their political maneuvering, permutation, actions and inactions. The unfortunate death of Prince Audu should be seen and used as an opportunity for a new political realignment and order in the state. In all, politicians and all stake holders should learn a lesson from the life and times of the prince of the Niger, by imbibing his good deeds and successes, while abhorring and doing away with his misdeeds and mistakes in politics and governance.

Price Abubakar Audu, You came, saw and conquered even until death, your foot prints on the sand of time would remand indelible and cherished by Kogites, home and abroad, your unique style and brand of politics and massive infrastructural development approach to governance shall always be a reference and rallying point for generations to come…Adieu!!! Prince of the Niger


- MyNews24

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