Former Borno State Governor Dies at 78

Former Borno State Governor Dies at 78

The first civilian Governor of the old Borno State, comprising the present Borno and Yobe states, Alhaji Muhammadu Goni has died.

The former Borno governor, 78, died on Wednesday after a brief illness in Maiduguri.

Newera News gathered that Goni had resigned from the National Supply Company and joined politics in April 1979.

He contested the governorship election on the platform of the Great Nigeria People’s Party (GNPP) and was elected as the first civilian governor of the former Borno State, and was in office from October 1979 to September 1983.

Goni was also part of the Progressives Coalition led by Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

The former Governor was a member of the committee that drafted the 1995 Constitution. In the April 2003 general elections, he ran on the United Nigeria People’s Party (UNPP) platform as vice-presidential candidate with Jim Nwobodo as the presidential candidate.

In January 2011 he was elected by PDP delegates in Borno state to be their governorship candidate in the April 2011 elections. He later lost in the election to young Kashim Shettima of the ANPP.

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