A member of the fifth Senate was on Monday morning reported to have died in a road accident.
He is Senator Usman Albishir from Yobe State.
Albishir was involved in an accident along the Kano-Zaria Expressway.
His police orderly was reported to have been seriously injured.
Wikipedia has it that Albishir was elected senator for the Yobe North constituency of Yobe State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the All Peoples Party platform.
He took office on May, 29, 1999.
He was reelected in April 2003 on the All Nigeria Peoples Party platform.
After taking his seat in the Senate in June 1999, Albishir was appointed to committees on Selection, Banking & Currency, Defense, Transport and Privatization.
After reelection in 2003, he was appointed Senate Minority Leader, but resigned this position under pressure in December 2004.
Albishir was a contender to be ANPP candidate for the 2007 Yobe State governorship race, supported by the incumbent, Governor Bukar Abba Ibrahim, and won 382 votes against Senator Mamman Bello Ali’s 88 votes in the primary election.
However, due to legal issues, the party named Ali as candidate and he was elected. Albishir appealed this decision and the case dragged through the courts until February 2010 when the Supreme Court finally dismissed his last appeal.
Albishir later moved to the Peoples Democratic Party, hoping to win the 2011 governorship election on that platform.
On January 11, 2011 at the PDP primaries held at the August 27 Stadium in Damaturu, Yobe State, Albishir defeated a former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri, and Mallam Garba Umar to clinch the party’s governorship ticket for the general election in April 2011.
Engineer Yakubu Bello withdrew from the race shortly before the commencement of the election while Hassan Saleh, erstwhile Secretary to the Yobe State Government withdrew a few days later.
Albishir scored 388 votes; Waziri got 226 while Garba Umar scored 46.