Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has expressed sadness over the death of the council chairman-elect, Ali Namadi, who died a day after he was declared winner of Bebeji in the council polls held on Saturday.
He stated that “the death of the just-elected Chairman of Bebeji Local Government Area, Ali Namadi is shocking to all of us.
“He passed away at a time we all needed him; when his people needed him the most,” the governor said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Abba Anwar.
Ganduje prayed Allah for forgiveness and mercy for the departed soul, adding, “This is Allah’s wish.”
He described the late Namadi as a man of the people, who he said always stood for his people.
The death of the newly elected chairman, according to the governor, is not only a loss to his families and people of his local government area, but also a loss to the state and democracy.
“Namadi was an enduring and loyal fellow. Some of his endearing attitudes were humility, perseverance, good listening posture, openness, transparency and accountability.
“On behalf of the government and people of Kano State, I extend our condolences to his families, his local government area and Bichi Emirate over this death,” the governor said.
Describing Namadi’s death at 57 as a loss to his people, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Publicity Committee Chairman of Bebeji Local Government Area, Ibrahim Adamu Tiga, said Namadi died at 1:00 a.m. yesterday.
He said the deceased drove to one of the hospitals in the local government area for a medical checkup by himself, adding that he later died as a result of suspected high blood pressure.