Bashir Tofa Passes On At 74

BASHIR Tofa, presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention, NRC, and challenger of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, candidate, Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, MKO, in the 1993 presidential election, is dead.

According to family sources, Tofa, 74, died in the early hours of Monday after a protracted illness. He died after being admitted in hospital over a period.

Tofa, born in Kano to a Kanuri family in June 20, 1947, was also businessman.

He attended the Shahuci Junior Primary and City Senior Primary School both in Kano between 1962 and 1966. He proceeded by also attending Provincial College, Kano before joining City of London College for his higher education.

He began his working career with the Royal Exchange Insurance company in 1967 before leaving a year later to venture into politics during which he contested for and won the councilorship position of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Council. He later became a member of the Constituent Assembly in 1977 during Nigerian Second Republic.

He became the secretary of the Kano state chapter of the National Party of Nigeria, NPN, before becoming the National financial secretary of the same party.

He joined the National Republican Convention, NRC, In 1990 and became its Presidential candidate three years later, when he was pitched against MKO Abiola in the 1993 general election that was later annulled by the Gen Ibrahim Babangida regime.

He was a board member of Impex Ventures, Century Merchant Bank and General Metal Products Ltd.

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