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Arthur Nzeribe: Prominent Nigerian Senator Instrumental in Annulment of June 12 Election Dies in UK – Legit.ng

  • One of the prominent Nigerian politicians in the Second Republic, Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe, has died
  • Nzeribe, who represented Imo West in the National Assembly, died aged 83, although media reports vary as to when he actually died.
  • The deceased was notable for the infamous role he played in the Cancellation of the presidential election of 12

Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe, a prominent politician of the Second Republic, is dead. He was 83 years old.

The Punch quoted a reliable source close to the family as confirming the death of the Oguta-born loner on Sunday afternoon. May 8.

The Nationalso reported that a family source, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the incident.

< p class ="align-left">The source indicated, according to the newspaper, that the family is preparing a statement to announce the death of Nzeribe, who is said to have passed away on Saturday evening, May 7th.

Nzeribe was determined to have been on life support for some time.

TheCable also reported on the development, citing family sources that Nzeribe died in a UK hospital on Thursday May 5.

Nzeribe, a First Republic politician, represented Imo West in the National Assembly. Imo’s senior senator has been ill for some time. He was born on November 2, 1938.

Nzeribe and the June 12 Annulment

Nzeribe’s most significant contribution to Nigerian politics, according toTheCable , came ahead of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

“While the whole country wanted a change from the protracted rule of successive military regimes, Nzeribe wanted the opposite. blockquote>< blockquote>“He founded the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN), a group of private individuals who sponsored a campaign calling for Ibrahim Babangida, then military head of state, to stay in office for at least four more years,” the report said .

On June 10, 1993, two days before the election, the ABN obtained a Supreme Court injunction against the holding of the election on alleged corruption charges.

< p class="align-left">The injunction was granted by Nigerians and politicians rn received equally little attention as the elections proceeded as planned.

However, on June 15, while vote collection was underway, ABN obtained another injunction to to stop counting and reviewing.

The injunction drew attention this time when the National Electoral Commission (NEC), the electoral body at the time, accepted it and on 16 the results, suggesting indicates a court order prohibiting this.

Then eight days later, Babangida announced the annulment of the election.

Nzeribe’s Wealth

By the age of 22, Nzeribe had achieved a mega fortune and become a major player in the nation’s financial sector.

It was in the UK that Nzeribe first showed off his business acumen selling life insurance to black immigrants in the country. He bought his first Rolls Royce when he was 23.

Providence smiled on him and he became so powerful and influential in the Nigerian political landscape. He was elected Senator in 1999 to represent Orlu.

Senator Patrick Osakwe dies aged 73 in a London hospital

In another relative According to the report, a former Senator, Senator Patrick Osakwe, who represented the Delta North Senate District in the National Assembly, is dead.

Ossai Ovie Success, a media adviser to the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, announced the death of Osakwe on his Facebook page on Tuesday, March 15.

He wrote:

“We have just lost Senator Patrick Osakwe. My condolences go out to his family and the Ndokwa nation. Senator Osakwe died in London hospital tonight at the age of 73.”