A former Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Abubakar Habu Hashidu has died Friday morning at the aged of 74 after a protracted illness.
In a statement signed by Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, the remains of late Hashidu passed in his private house in Gombe following a protracted illness that lasted several years.
The statement added that his remains would be buried after a funeral prayer at the Emir of Gombe’s palace by 5pm.
Late Hashidu was the first elected governor of Gombe State under the platform of the All peoples Party (APP) and govern the state between 1999 to 2003.
He was also a onetime Minister of Water Resources as well as a minister of Agriculture and Rural Development during the military regime of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
In 2003 he failed his re-election bid, after losing a keenly contested election to former Governor Muhammad Danjuma Goje then of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He was survived by his wife, Hajiya Aishatu Abubakar Habu Hashidu and eight children.
Among his children is Hajiya Aishatu Abubakar Hashidu, who was recently appointed as a Commissioner of Community Development by Governor Dankwambo.
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