A former senator representing Yobe North, Senator Usman Al-Bishir, Monday died in a ghastly auto crash along Zaria-Kano expressway. Al-Bishir, who left the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) after serving as senator between 1999 to 2007, later joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) due to irreconcilable differences with the former of Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Bukar Abba Ibrahim.
He became the PDP flagbearer in Yobe State after defeating former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri, at the party’s primaries. Al-Bishir later lost the secondary election last year to the incumbent governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam, not satisfied with the outcome of the election, Al-Bishir went from the tribunal to the Supreme Court. The late politician met his untimely death in a ghastly motor accident near Kura, about 40 kilometres from Kano after spending the weekend in Kano, and was on his way to Abuja. He died at the age of 65 and left behind one wife and seven children.
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THISDAY learnt that hundreds of sympathisers thronged his Mundubawa Avenue residence in Kano at about 4pm Monday where a funeral prayer was said before he was buried. Meanwhile, Senate President David Mark has described the demise of Al-Bishir as sad. Mark, who literarily wept Monday when the news filtered into town, noted that the late senator was a patriotic Nigerian, who stood to be counted when it mattered, especially when it concerned the well being of Nigerians.
He recalled that late Al-Bishir was in very high spirit a fortnight ago exchanging banters with colleagues at the wedding ceremony. “He was a nice man, a fine politician who played politics without bitterness. As a Senator he distinguished himself a statesman who stood for the truth no matter whose ox was gored. The nation was his constituency,” he said.