The All Progressives Congress (APC) standard bearer in last Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, has been buried.
This is contrary to reports that circulated widely on social media on Monday morning that the politician had resurrected before his corpse could be interred.
Audu, who died on Sunday evening, was buried in his compound in Ogbonicha, Ofu local government area around 2pmon Monday amidst wailing from sympathisers.
In fact, some drama played out before the prince and former governor of the state was buried.
While family members and associates including Senator Dino Melaye made preparations for his burial, a section of the mammoth crowd that besieged the late ex-governor’s residence started agitating that a prophet be allowed into his room to revive him.
Though the security men and Audu’s relatives refused, the youth eventually succeeded in breaking the door for the prophet to enter.
Thereafter, they all began praying earnestly both in the Muslim and Christian ways for him to resurrect. Shouts of Holy Ghost Fire and Allahu Akbar rent the air but their efforts were fruitless as Audu failed to rise.
The ex-governor was thereafter buried around 2pm by Imams who had been preparing all along.
Some of the dignitaries that witnessed the burial were ex-governors Saminu Turaki, George Akume, Abdulkadir Kure, Lucky Igbinedion, Rabiu Kwankwaso and some leaders of the APC.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada, had earlier on Monday confirmed Audu’s demise in a state wide broadcast.
Wada, who condoled with the family and people of the state over the death of the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate in the governorship election, described the deceased as a man of the people who laid solid foundation for the growth and development of the state.
He declared Monday as public holiday to enable the people, especially the civil servants to attend Audu’s burial and pay their last respect.
The governor also declared a seven-day mourning during which the national flag would fly at half mast and office activities scaled-down.