- One of Nigeria’s leading politicians of 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 the day of his death.
- The deceased was known for the infamous role he played in the cancellation of the presidential election of June 12, 1993
Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe, a prominent Second Republic politician, is dead. He was 83 years old.
The punch cited a reliable source close to the family as confirming the death of the Oguta-born Maverick on Sunday afternoon May 8.
The nation also reported that a family source, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the incident.
The source, according to the newspaper, hinted that the family was preparing a statement to announce the death of Nzeribe who is believed to have died on Saturday evening May 7.
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It was established that Nzeribe had been on life support for some time.
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 cancellation of June 12
Nzeribe’s most significant contribution to Nigerian politics, according to The cableintervened in the run-up to the presidential election of June 12, 1993.
“While the whole country wanted a change from the prolonged rule of successive military regimes, Nzeribe wanted the opposite.
“He established the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN), a group of private citizens sponsoring a campaign calling on Ibrahim Babangida, then military head of state, to remain in office for at least four years,” the report said.
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On June 10, 1993, two days before the election, the NBA obtained a High Court injunction against the holding of the poll on the basis of alleged corruption.
Little attention was paid to the injunction by Nigerians and politicians as the election went ahead as expected.
However, on June 15, while vote collection was underway, ABN obtained another court injunction to stop the counting and verification.
The injunction this time attracted attention as the National Elections Commission (NEC), the electoral body at the time, accepted it and announced on June 16 that it was suspending the announcement of the results, indicating a court order prohibiting it.
Then eight days later, Babangida announced the cancellation of the election.
The wealth of Nzeribe
At 22 years old, Nzeribe reached a mega fortune, becoming a major player in the national financial sector.
In the UK, Nzeribe first showed his business acumen by selling life insurance schemes to black immigrants in the country. At 23, he bought his first Rolls Royce.
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Providence smiled on him and he became so powerful and influential in the Nigerian political landscape. He was elected senator to represent Orlu in 1999.
Senator Patrick Osakwe dies aged 73 in London hospital
In another related report, a former senator who represented the North Delta Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Patrick Osakwe, has died.
Ossai Ovie Success, media assistant to Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, announced Osakwe’s death on his Facebook page on Tuesday, March 15.
“We just lost Senator Patrick Osakwe. My condolences to his family and to the Ndokwa nation. Senator Osakwe died this evening in London Hospital at the age of 73.”