By Stanley Onyekwere
Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has described late Prince Abubakar Audu as an unmatched phenomenon in Kogi politics, as friends and associates marked second anniversary of his demise.
The leader of Kwankwasiya Political Movement and former Governor of Kano State made the description in his short speech during the 2nd year anniversary celebration at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, in Abuja, on Saturday.
Kwankwaso, who chaired the occasion and a closer ally of the late political icon said, because of Audu’s political sagacity and love for his people, he physically supported him for his third term Governorship ambition, the victory that was yet to be announced before his transition to glory.
Similarly, former Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris also described the late Governor Audu as an unparalleled phenomenon in kogi politics.
Idris, a two term Governor and a successor to late Abubakar Audu explained that then to contest for governorship of Kogi state, one must get clearance from the great leader which he did as Audu’s successor in 2003. He therefore praised him for his doggedness, fearlessness, passion and vision.
Also, the immediate past Governor of Kogi State, Capt Idris Ichala Wada, added his voice to the encomiums on Audu and referred to him as a compassionate, pragmatic, people’s leader and a friend.
On his part, Engr. Mohammed Audu, the first son and leader of the Audu family referred to the day of his father’s death, 22nd Nov. 2015 as a day of tragedy and devastation for Audu’s family, kogites, friends and associates.
He said: “My father Abubakar Audu was on a mission to put Kogi State on a part of safety and progress before his demise.”
He however expressed regret that the state of peace, security and prosperity the late Governor Audu worked for is in shamble soonest after his death, especially the absence of internal democracy the people highly deserved.
The gathering at Shehu Yar’adua Center was earlier preceded by prayer at late Audu’s country home Ogbonicha in kogi state.