3 Controversies Surrounding Audu Abubakar's Death

3 Controversies Surrounding Audu Abubakar's Death

News broke yesterday, Sunday, November 22, that the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kogi state, Abubakar Audu, was dead.

3 Controversies Surrounding Audu Abubakar's Death
Wailers at the residence of the late former governor of Kogi state this morning

According to reports, Audu passed away in the early hours of Sunday before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the results of the election, declaring the election inconclusive. In the results declared, Audu was clearly leading. He died in his home town, Ogbonicha, in Ofu local government area of the state.


Here are three controversies surrounding the death of the APC guber candidate:

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Food poisoning: There is a speculation that the late Audu did not die of natural causes, but from food poisoning. He was said to have continually vomited blood before he finally gave up the ghost.

“I spoke with someone in late Prince Audu’s family. The person told me that the former governor repeatedly vomited blood. The family tried to rush him to the hospital but he died in the process. There is speculation of food poison or spiritual attack but no one can say for now. But his family confided in me that blood kept gushing out from his mouth,” a newsman who spoke with one of the relatives of the deceased said.

3 Controversies Surrounding Audu Abubakar's Death
The late Abubakar Audu

Hypertension: Following the death of the APC chieftain, a family member, who did not want to be named, disclosed that Audu had been battling hypertension even before the campaign.

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The sources who described the late politician as hypertensive said he started vomiting blood after he returned from Lokoja. He said that Audu woke up very tired on Saturday, the day of the governorship election and that doctors had given the former governor a blood transfusion which gave him enough energy to go to the polling booth to vote in his hometown, Ogbonicha. He however returned home on Saturday and began vomiting all over again.

"After a while he became unconscious and died around 5 a.m. on Sunday morning," said the source, who requested anonymity.

Failing health condition: The sudden death of the APC chieftain has led to suggestions that the politician might have died of complications from some other serious medical condition which has not been disclosed.

“His death is not sudden, though some may think so; but he just managed to pull through the campaign. He had been sick for some time,”  said a close associate of the deceased who spoke on condition of anonymity.

He added: “While travelling home on Friday for the Saturday election, Prince Audu complained of serious body pains and fever. He instructed his driver to park on the road and bought a bottle of water. The sickness deteriorated and he was ‘packaged’ to vote because he could hardly stand up.”

The above statements appear to buttress the unverified claims that he may have died of some other serious health condition. However, the family of the deceased have not officially made any statement regarding the cause of death.

Audu was a former governor of Kogi who was accused of stealing billions of naira from the state's treasury. He will be buried today according to Islamic rites in his hometown.

May his soul rest in perfect peace!

Source: Legit.ng

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