…as Abubakar, APC mourn
The sudden death of Senator Ali Wakil is creating unease in Bauchi political circles.
Many watchers of Bauchi politics informed one of our correspondents that there is a palpable tension in the capital and other parts of the state.
Wakil until his death was a vocal critic of the state governor, Mohammed Abubakar.
The late Senator was actually oiling his machinery to challenge the sitting Governor in 2019.
Governor Abubakar was one of the early callers to the family of the deceased.
Governor Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar has condoled the family of Senator Ali Wakili and people of Bauchi South senatorial district and the entire state over the death of the Senator.
The governor who was among thousands of Muslims who attended the funeral prayer of the late Senator at the National Mosque Abuja on Saturday described the death of the Senator as a great loss not only to Bauchi state but the Nation in general.
He prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest and give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
The Senator representing Bauchi South Senatorial District died in the early hours of Saturday after a brief illness at his residence in Abuja.
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has mourned the death of the Party’s Senator representing Bauchi south senatorial district, Senator Ali Wakili.
In a statement signed by the national publicity secretary of the Party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, he said the APC family expresses deepest condolences to his immediate family, the 8th Senate, entire National Assembly, government and people of Bauchi State.
Bolaji described the death of the grassroots politician, who distinguished himself during his work with the Nigeria Customs Service and politics as a federal lawmaker as sad and painful.
The statement partly read, “Indeed, the country has lost one of its most vibrant and patriotic federal lawmakers whose legislative contributions and engagements in the National Assembly touched on the core needs of less privileged Nigerians, particularly through his Chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation and social welfare.
“Creditably, to his name is the National Poverty Eradication Commission Bill which he sponsored and was passed by the Senate in 2016.
“A progressive-minded politician, the late Senator Ali Wakili took clear positions on causes and issues in the polity he stood for or opposed, particularly on election reforms, anti-corruption, true federalism, devolution of powers, legislative-executive relations, among others.
“The APC wishes the Almighty Allah grant the late Senator Ali Wakili eternal rest and the family and loved ones the strength to bear the loss.”
Also, the wife of the Bauchi state governor, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has also condoled the families and people of the state over the senator’s death.
She described his death as a great loss to the people of the state especially women and the less privileged which she said the late Senator has been touching their lives in a positive way.
She said that Senator Ali Wakili will be remembered for his generosity and his effort towards making the lives of his constituents better through various empowerment programmes.
Hajiya Hadiza therefore prayed to Allah to forgive the late Senator and give his family and the people of his Bauchi South Senatorial district and Bauchi state the fortitude to bear the loss.