MKO Abiola’s opponent in 1993 election, Bashir Tofa, is dead

MKO Abiola’s opponent in 1993 election, Bashir Tofa, is dead

Bashir Tofa, a former presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), is dead. He was 74 years old. Accor

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Bashir Tofa, a former presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC), is dead. He was 74 years old.

According to family sources, Tofa died at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) in the early hours of Monday, 3 December, after a brief illness.

Confirming his death, one of the deceased’s relations said, “Alhaji Bashir Tofa died after a brief illness.”

He was said to have been at the intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital for days but was recovering. He eventually succumbed to the illness.

Tofa was born on June 20, 1947.

In the 1993 presidential election, he squared off against MKO Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), the presumed winner of the election. However, the Babangida regime annulled the election.

Tofa was also a businessman, an oil trader, and an industrialist. He was chairman of International Petro-Energy Company and Abba Othman and Sons Limited.