A former presidential candidate Bashir Tofa has died at age 74. Mr. Tofa died in the early hours of Monday after a protracted illness.
His death was announced in a Facebook post made by a close associate, Magaji Galadima (Kachallan Kano).
Mr. Galadima wrote, “Allahu akbar, we eventually lost Alh. Bashir Tofa. May Allah grant him eternal rest.”
Mr Tofa was the presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC) in the June 12, 1993 election considered one of Nigeria’s freest elections.
Mr Tofa, who was born in Kano on June 20, 1947 started politics in 1976 when he was a councillor of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Council. In 1977, he was elected a member of the Constituent Assembly.
During Nigeria’s Second Republic, he was at various times the secretary of the Kano branch of the then ruling party, NPN. Later, he became the party’s national financial secretary and was a national member of the Green Revolution National Committee.
During the Third Republic, he was part of the Liberal Movement which changed to the Liberal Convention when it was not registered as a political party. He joined NRC in 1990.
When the Ibrahim Babangida administration introduced the Option A4 system in 1993, he was elected the presidential candidate of the NRC.
The deceased was also a businessman and an industrialist. He was chairman of International Petro-Energy Company (IPEC) and Abba Othman and Sons Ltd. He was also involved as a board member in Impex Ventures, Century Merchant Bank and General Metal Products Ltd.