…….Governor Wada Declares Three Days Of Mourning
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Abubakar Audu, has been buried according to Islamic rites.
He was buried in his hometown, Ogbonicha, in Ofu Local Government Area.
Audu, 68, died on Sunday, a day after voting in the governorship election, sending shock waves across the country.
Ahead of his burial on Monday, rumours that he had “woken up” led to wild jubilations in parts of the state capital, Lokoja.
This came after our correspondent observed ongoing preparations for his burial at his country home.
Associates at the burial included his running mate, Abiodun Faleke, and Senator Dino Melaye.
The state government had on Sunday declared seven days of mourning after the former governor’s death was confirmed.
Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada has declared three days of mourning for the former Governor of the state and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the Saturday governorship election, Prince Abubakar Audu.
News of his death filtered in after the elections had been declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The declaration was conveyed in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Adegbemiro Jegede, on Monday morning.
Governor Wada described Prince Audu as a great citizen of Nigerian who has contributed immensely to the socio-economic and political development of Kogi State.
He also commiserated with the family of Prince Audu who has been buried in his home town in Ofu Local Government Area.
This is the first time in the history of the country that a leading governorship candidate will be announced dead just before the final verdict on the contest.
Chief Abubakar Audu was leading in the results announced by INEC, scoring 240,867 votes while Governor Wada of the PDP polled 199,514 votes.
Mr Audu is reported to have died of undisclosed medical reasons.