Former governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu passed away suddenly Sunday, November 22, 2015 of a heart attack.
This sad incident happened shortly after the results of the November 21 governorship elections for which he was the candidate for All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared inconclusive, with Audu in the lead.
The news of Audu’s death was first reported by citizen reporters website, Sahara Reporters.
New information is revealing that Audu’s family members suspect foul play in the death of the former two-time governor who was seeking a return to the government house of Kogi.
According to close family sources, who spoke with The Trent on condition of anonymity, Audu complained of stomach cramps before going to bed on Saturday night. He suffered a stroke on Sunday morning at about 5am and died.
“My uncle was poisoned, he was poisoned,” the source told our reporter in between tears. “He shared a meal with a top APC chieftain from the South West (name withheld) a few days ago. Since then, he has not been himself. His death is planned. It is all about usurping his position.”
According to a source inside the Audu Campaign Organisation, Audu suffered another stroke, shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the result of the election inconclusive. Our source, who didn’t wish to be named, said that Audu died of a massive heart attack soon after.
However, family sources who spoke with The Trent confirm that the Audu died in the early hours of Sunday between 5am to 6am.
Audu who was 68 years at the time of his death was governor of Kogi twice, January 1992 to November 1993 and May 1999 to May 2003. He is survived by wives and children.
He is scheduled to be buried according to Islamic rites at 10am on Monday.
Editor’s Note: The report has been updated to include the testimony of family members on the time of death.