All Progressive Congress Kogi State governorship candidate in the inconclusive election held on Saturday, Prince Abubakar Audu, died suddenly on Sunday at his home town, Ogbonicha, and a source close to the family opened up to OrijoReporter.com about his final moments.
According to the insider, Prince Audu who turned 68 years old last month, October 27, and was in pole position to the win Saturday’s inconclusive election having led his closest rival, Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Gov. Idris Wada, with over forty thousand votes fell sick last Thursday.
The source claimed, “Prince Audud had been battling an undisclosed ailment for sometime, and complained of fever, chills, muscle and stomach pains on his way from Lokoja to Ogbonicha on Friday. and was attended to by two doctors from the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja and some medical personnel who slept in his house and kept close watch over him.
“His health condition deteriorated on Saturday and only managed to vote, and was put to bed immediately. Later in the evening he started vomiting blood, and early Sunday morning when he died plans were being made to fly him abroad.”
A controversial politician who fought many battles, it would be recalled that about five years ago, Prince Audu accused his estranged wife, Mrs. Aisha Audu, who was Kogi State First Lady during his second tenure as the state governor between 29, May 1999 to 29, May 2003 of witchcraft, and planned to poison him, and kill him.
The matter later became messy after Aisha, who bore Prince Audu three children(two of them and Aisha pictured with him) filed papers at the District Court of Maryland, Montgomery County in the US where she was living, seeking a Temporary Protective Order against her husband of over 10 years, alleging that the former governor assaulted her severally.
According to court papers dated May 19, 2010, Mrs. Audu told Judge Dennis Michael Mchugh that Abubakar Audu physically assaulted her during their last Christmas and New Year holiday at the Audu’s $1.7 million dollar family mansion in posh Potomac, Maryland and sometime in March 2010 in Nigeria .
The court later granted a request by Prince Audu to conduct paternity test on the two children from his estranged wife, Mrs. Aisha Audu.