A former Nigerian senator, Usman Albashir on Monday, died in a ghastly car crash along the Kano-Zaria road.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the late senator’s driver and his police orderly are currently in critical condition.
Usman Albishir was elected Senator for the Yobe North constituency of Yobe State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the All People's Party (APP) platform. He took office on 29 May 1999.
He was reelected in April 2003 on the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) platform.
After taking his seat in the Senate in June 1999 Albishir was appointed to committees on Selection, Banking & Currency, Defense, Transport and Privatization.
After reelection in 2003 he was appointed Senate Minority Leader, but resigned this position under pressure in December 2004.
Albishir was a contender to be ANPP candidate for the 2007 Yobe State governorship race, supported by the incumbent Governor Bukar Abba Ibrahim, and won 382 votes against Senator Mamman Bello Ali's 88 votes in the primary election.
However, due to legal issues the party named Bello Ali as candidate and he was elected. Albishir appealed this decision, and the case dragged through the courts until in February 2010 the Supreme Court finally dismissed his last appeal.
He later transferred to the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in hopes of winning the 2011 governorship election on that platform.
On 11 January 2011 at the PDP primaries held at the August 27th Stadium in Damaturu, Yobe State, Usman Albishir defeated former minister of Police Affairs Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri and Mallam Garba Umar to clinch the party's governorship ticket for the general election in April 2011.
However, incumbent governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam defeated Albishir at the poll.
Additional report from WIKIPEDIA