The President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Monday described as painful and shocking the demise of a former Governor of Kogi State and governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress inSaturday’s election in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Audu.
Saraki said the late politician died a dogged and visionary leader.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, expressed deep sadness on receiving the news of Audu’s death.
He condoled with the immediate family of the deceased, the government and people of Kogi State and the national and state executives as well as members of the APC over the irreparable loss.
Saraki said: “He was selfless, steadfast and patriotic in his services to the people of Kogi State and beyond. He was a visionary and patriotic party faithful. All his life time, he lived for the people. His death is extremely painful but we cannot question the will of the Almighty Allah in the present sorrowful circumstances.
“Audu, was a leader in all ramifications. He died when his services to the good people of Kogi State and Nigeria in general were most needed. We cannot but recall how committed and firm he was to his policies and pro-people ideology. His death is simply unbearable.
“As Muslims, we have taken his death in good faith because we strongly believe that only God gives life and can as well take it when He wishes.”
Eminent business mogul and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, described Audu as a consummate politician whose demise is a big blow to the nation.
Kalu, who acknowledged the late politician as a selfless leader, noted that he was committed to the plight of his people.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said: “I received with rude shock and sadness the news of the passing of my former colleague and friend, Prince Abubakar Audu. He was hale and hearty when I visited him in Lokoja a few days before the November 21 governorship election in Kogi State. We cracked jokes and discussed for a long time. His demise is indeed a personal loss to me and my family.
“Prince Audu built friendship beyond political and ethnic divides .He will be greatly missed by his family,friends and political associates. May God rest his soul.”
Kalu urged the Audu family to take solace in the fact that their patriarch lived a purposeful life and contributed to the socio-political development of Nigeria.
While commiserating with the government and people of Kogi State and the APC, he prayed for the repose of the departed soul.
Najeem Salaam, the Speaker of Osun House of Assembly, on Monday described Audu’s death as shocking.
The condolence was contained in a statement issued by the speaker’s Chief Press Secretary, Goke Butika, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Osogbo.
Salaam said “an era has come to an end” with the death of Audu.