Niger state PDP mourns as secretary, Santali, dies at 52

Niger state PDP mourns as secretary, Santali, dies at 52

The death of the Niger state secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Umar Santali, has been announced.

According to Thisday newspaper, Santali died on Saturday, June 16 of cardiac arrest at 52, and he is survived by his wife and children.

Before his last assignment, the late Santali was the zonal chairman of the party in the Niger south senatorial district in the era of late Governor Abdulkhadir Kure.

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He became the state secretary of the party about two years ago, following the resolution of the disputes that plagued the PDP at the national and state levels after the 2015 general election.

His remains were interred according to Islamic rites in Bida town of Niger state on Sunday, June 17.

Prominent politicians from different political divides attended the burial, including the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Tanko Beji; present and past leaders of the PDP as well as people from all walks of life.

Beji described the deceased as a versatile and trustworthy person, adding that the vacuum created by his death would be difficult to fill.

“We have lost an astute mobiliser, a grassroots politician,” he said.

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Meanwhile, defeated Ekiti state governorship aspirant on the platform of the PDP, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has asked the national leadership of the party to give her an automatic ticket for a second term in the Senate as condition to work for Professor Kolapo Olusola, the party’s candidate in the July 14 governorship election in the state.

Olujimi, 60, who represents Ekiti South senatorial district, also requested the party to convene a reconciliatory meeting between her group and the PDP candidate who is also the deputy governor of the state.

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