Umar Pariya: Atiku's close aide dies in Dubai

Umar Pariya: Atiku's close aide dies in Dubai

- Atiku Abubakar, PDP's presidential candidate, has lost one of his close aides, Umar Pariya, in Dubai

- Pariya died on Tuesday, November 19, after having been on a life-support machine for two weeks

- The former speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, described the deceased as a loyal and committed friend of Atiku

Umar Pariya, one of the close aides of former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has been reported dead.

Pariya died on Tuesday, November 19, after falling ill. He was said to have died after being placed on a life-support machine for not less than two weeks.

Reacting to the sad news on his official Twitter page, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, referred to Pariya as a loyal, hardworking and committed associate who stood by Atiku in all his travails.

Read Dogara's tweets below: notes that Atiku himself is presently in Dubai.

BREAKING: Buhari on his way back to Nigeria had reported that an ally of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, explained why he had remained in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates for six months.

Atiku, he said, is on a break from the 'hectic' presidential election process which took place on Saturday, February 23 in states across Nigeria.

Reacting to reports that Atiku flew out to Dubai over plots by some politicians in the ruling party and top government officials to blackmail him, the PDP's presidential candidates ally said he took a break just to rest.

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The ally said: “After the February 23 election, don’t forget that was a very hectic process, physically, spiritually, emotionally and otherwise. So, he took a break to go and rest. All of us did, I did it too.”

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