The governor of Kogi state, Idris Wada, on Wednesday said that he is still shocked and yet to recover from the sudden death of Abubakar Audu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the November 21 Kogi governorship election.
Wada, who spoke at Ogbonicha, the hometown of the deceased, during the third day Fida’u prayers, said the death still remained a mystery to him and the people of the state.
Recall that Audu died on Sunday shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the election as inconclusive.
Wada who was represented by Yomi Awoniyi, his deputy, stated that Audu died at a time when his services were still needed in the state, adding that he would continue to be remembered for his selfless service to humanity
Wada said the deceased touched so many lives in the state, while serving as governor from 1991 to 1993 and 1999 to 2003.
Speaking earlier, Mohammed Audu, first son of the deceased, said the death of his father was “sudden and shocking”.
He thanked Nigerians for standing by the family and for their show of love and respect for the late Audu.
The chief imam of Ogbonicha, Suleiman Adama, who led the prayers, prayed that God grants the deceased eternal rest.
He also prayed for the family and political associates to have the fortitude to bear the loss and admonished Nigerians to always remember God in all their deeds.