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Bashir Tofa, MKO Abiola challenger in the 1993 election, is dead

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The Presidential Candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa is dead.

Tofa was MKO Abiola’s major challenger in the controversial June 12, 1993, presidential election, annulled by the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida.

According to family sources, Tofa died at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in the early hours of Monday after an illness.

Confirming his death, one of the deceased’s relations, Alhaji Muhammad, said “Alhaji Bashir Tofa died after being admitted in hospital for some time.”

He was said to have been at the intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital for days but was recovering. He eventually succumbed to the illness.

Tofa was born on June 20, 1947.

In the 1993 presidential election, he squared off against MKO Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the presumed winner of the election.

But the Babangida regime annulled the election.

Tofa had his primary education at Shahuci Junior Primary, Kano and then continued studies at City Senior Primary School in Kano.

From 1962 to 1966, he attended Provincial College, Kano. After completing his studies at the Provincial school, he worked for the Royal Exchange Insurance company from 1967 to 1968.

From 1970 to 1973, he attended City of London College.

Tofa’s sojourn into politics started in 1976 when he was a councillor of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Council, in 1977, he was elected a member of the Constituent Assembly.

During the Nigerian Second Republic, Tofa was at various times the secretary of the Kano branch of NPN, he later became the party’s national financial secretary and was a national member of the Green Revolution National Committee.

During the Third Republic, He was part of the Liberal Movement which metamorphosed into the Liberal Convention when it was not registered as a political party, Tofa joined NRC in 1990.

In 1993, when the Babangida administration introduced the Option A4 system, Tofa was elected the presidential candidate representing Kano.

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