Alhaji Bashir Othman Tofa, the presidential candidate of the National Republican Convention (NRC) in the 1993 election is dead.
Tofa, who was born on June 20, 1947, reportedly died after a brief illness in the early hours of Monday at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.
Tofa joined NRC in 1990 and in the 1993 presidential election, he contested against Moshood Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who was the acclaimed winner of the election.
The Ibrahim Babangida military regime annulled the election, sparking nationwide protests.
Tofa was a businessman, an oil trader and an industrialist.
He was chairman of International Petro-Energy Company (IPEC) and Abba Othman and Sons Ltd.
He was also involved as a board member in Impex Ventures, Century Merchant Bank and General Metal Products Ltd.
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.
After completing his studies at the Provincial school, he worked for the Royal Exchange Insurance company from 1967 to 1968.
From 1970 to 1973, he attended City of London College.
Tofa’s sojourn into politics started in 1976 when he was a councillor of Dawakin Tofa Local Government Council.
In 1977, he was elected a member of the Constituent Assembly.
During the Second Republic, Tofa was at various times the secretary of the Kano branch of NPN.