He was 74 years old.
He was the Presidential Candidate of the defunct National Republican Convention and a major challenger of MKO Abiola’s in the controversial June 12, 1993, presidential election, annulled by the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida.
Family sources said the former presidential candidate died in the early hours of Monday after a protracted illness.
“Alhaji Bashir Tofa died after being admitted in hospital for some time,” one of the deceased’s relations, Alhaji Muhammad, said.
Tofa was born in Kano to a Kanuri family on June 20, 1947.
He had his primary education at Shahuci Junior Primary, Kano, and then continued studies at City Senior Primary School in Kano. From 1962 to 1966, he attended Provincial College, Kano.