Tofa Was A Balanced, Incisive Democrat, Says Atiku


Tofa, right with his main rival in the landmark June 12, 1993 presidential election, MKO, left.



Former Vice President of Nigeria and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar has expressed his condolences over the death of Alhaji Bashir Tofa, a former presidential candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention in the 1993 elections.

Atiku, in a press release signed by his media office in Abuja on Monday said that the late Tofa was a thoroughbred democrat whose contributions to the growth of democratic governance in Nigeria is invaluable.

The former Vice President notes that throughout his political career, the late Tofa was a politician who believed in the power of ideas and ideologies and was never associated with political violence or any other anti-democratic behaviour.

The Waziri Adamawa, who was in touch with Tofa until his last days, stressed that the statesman and politician, who had been preoccupied with the state of affairs in Nigeria in recent times, and especially as it impacted the North, was a “balanced and incisive” personality.

According to Atiku, “His (Tofa’s) style of politics and the panache with which he engaged political opponents will remain classical in Nigeria’s political history and are worthy of emulation by contemporary political actors and the future generations.”

Atiku therefore expresses his deepest condolence to the bereaved families and associates of the late patriarch and political icon and the people and government of Kano State. He prays to the Almighty Allah to grant him Aljannah Firdaus.