The controversial Nigerian politician who played major role in scuttling Nigeria’s 1993 general elections which the late Moshood Abiola won the presidency, Arthur Nzeribe has been reported dead.
Penpushing reports that, it is recalled that Nzeribe used his Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) to secure a controversial court order which the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) used as a basis to annul the election, considered the fairest in Nigeria.
The family announced the death of Nzeribe, believed by many to have been sponsored by the military government, in a statement on Sunday by three members of his family, Ojiabu Francis Anyegbu Nzeribe, Anthony Akpati Nzeribe and Ojiabu Oliver Nwedo Nzeribe, said he died on Thursday.
“The Nzeribe Royal Family of Umudei Royal Village of Oguta in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, in total submission to the will of God Almighty and in appreciation of a remarkably worthy life, hereby announce the death of our son, cousin, uncle, husband, father and grandfather, distinguished Senator Chief Francis Arthur Uzoma Nzeribe (Ogbuabu Oshiji, Dimanze, Oyimbaof Oguta on May 5, 2022’, the statement said.
“While we are pained by this loss, we are proud of this African Legend who distinguished himself in various fields including sports, international business, politics and gave the Nzeribe brand worldwide acclaim,” the statement added.
Penpushing further reports that the statement added that the family had commenced the necessary traditional consultations and would in due course release a programme for his funeral rites.
The late politician and businessman who represented Orlu Senatorial Constituency, as it was then called, in the first republic between October 1983 to December 1983 was born November 2, 1938, in Oguta, Imo state, and died at the age of 83 years.
Penpushing also reports that, he attended Holy Ghost College, Owerri,, and later won a scholarship from the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), in 1958, to study Marine Engineering at Portsmouth College of Technology in England.
The deceased worked with many African leaders including Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, whom he worked for as a Public Relations Officer, while in May 1999 returned to the Senate where he served till May 2007, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
Penpushing reports that, he was later suspended indefinitely by the then Senate President of Nigeria, Senator Anyim Pius, over an allegation of N22 million fraud.
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