Bashir Tofa the co-contestant of late MKO Abiola in the 1993 election died in Kano at 74.

A former presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC) in the 1993 election, Bashir Othman Tofa, is dead.

The Kano born Politician born in June 20, 1947 reportedly died after a brief illness in the early hours of Monday at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

Tofa In the 1993 presidential election contested against Chief Moshood Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who was the presumed winner of the election widely described as the cleanest election ever in Nigerian history.

The Ibrahim Babangida military regime annulled the election, sparking nationwide protests.

Tofa was a businessman, an oil trader and industrialist.

He was chairman of International Petro-Energy Company (IPEC) and Abba Othman and Sons ltd.

He was also involved as a board member in Impex Ventures, Century Merchant Bank and General Metal Products ltd.

He 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 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 councilor of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Council.

In 1977, he was elected a member into the Constituent Assembly.

During the 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 to Liberal Convention when it was not registered as a political party.





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