Nigerian Politician, Arthur Nzeribe, laid to rest after his death as NBA Chief, Abimbola Davis reveals how BBI recruited Nzeribe for his ‘hidden agenda’

Information reaching Kossyderrickent indicates that the Nigerian politician, Arthur Nzeribe, has been buried. His funeral took place today, Saturday May 21, 2022.

According to the source, Nzeribe was pronounced dead in a foreign hospital following an undisclosed illness.

“He passed away this morning in a hospital overseas. The family will release a statement soon,” the source said.

In 2017, the photo of aging and possibly sick Nzeribe, sitting languidly, with doctors around him, went viral on social media.

He was first elected as a senator to represent Orlu in 1999, but in November 2002 then-Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim suspended Nzeribe indefinitely over an allegation of 22 million naira fraud.

In addition, in April 2006, the Orlu People’s Consultative Assembly, sponsored by Imo State Governor Achike Udenwa, organized what it called a “million march” to support the recall of Nzeribe from the Senate. Due to popular demand, in December 2006, Nzeribe was defeated by Osita Izunaso in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries for the 2007 senatorial elections.

On the death of Arthur Nzeribe on May 5 at the age of 83, tributes appeared in many newspapers recalling milestones in the politician’s eventful life.

Most notable of these events was the pivotal role he played through the Associations for Better Nigeria (ABN) in shaping the political stalemate of 1993.

Nigeria did not recover from this impasse until the eventual main beneficiary, General Sani Abacha, died in June 1998 and his successor instituted the Fourth Republic 11 months later.

Almost 30 years after the events, Mr Nzeribe’s chief lieutenant in the NBA, Abimbola Davis, recounted how the Oguta, a maverick politician born in Imo State, was recruited into the Mr. Babangida’s hidden agenda and how they set the stage for the cancellation of the June 12, 1993, presidential election and the ensuing chaos.

Mr. Davis also recounted how he advised the winner of the election, Moshood Abiola, on how to stop the court injunction of June 10, 1993, and how Mr. Abiola overruled his advice, due to his confidence in his friendship with Mr. Babangida.

Ibrahim Babangida, former Nigerian dictator

Ibrahim Babangida, former Nigerian Head of State

The election was to be the final step in the long transitional program that had already produced state governors and lawmakers at the federal and state levels. But two days before the poll, the NBA obtained an injunction from the Abuja Bassey Ikpeme High Court of Justice prohibiting the electoral commission from carrying it out.

Perhaps momentarily shaken by condemnation of the injunction, including by the international community, Mr Babangida allowed the election to go ahead but called it off 11 days later, after forcing the electoral commission to suspend the count final results.

According to Mr Davis, the seed of this confusion was sown months earlier when Mr Babangida made Mr Nzeribe work for him on his “hidden agenda”.

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