A former governor of Kaduna State in the Second Republic, Balarabe Musa, has died at the age of 84.
His political associate, Shehu Sani, confirmed the death, saying he died on Wednesday around 9:30am at his Aliyu Turaki Road residence at Anguwan Sarki, Kaduna.
In a statement sent to DAILY NIGERIAN, Mr Sani described the deceased as the best governor of Kaduna State.
He added that he was one of the few politicians acquitted of wrongdoing by the military junta of Major General Muhammadu Buhari.
The late politician recently resigned as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, due to failing health.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Kaduna, one of his sons, Kallamu Balarabe-Musa, the deceased would be buried by 4p.m. after funeral prayer at the Sultan Bello Mosque, Kaduna.
Mr Musa was born on Aug. 21, 1936 in Kaya, Kaduna State.
He studied at Zaria Middle School from 1947 to 1952 and at the Institute of Administration, Zaria, 1952 to 1953.
Mr Musa, who was an accounts clerk and a school teacher, held various managerial positions related to accountancy from 1960 to 1976, while studying at different colleges in London to gain additional qualifications.
He was elected governor of the old Kaduna State in 1979 on the platform of the PRP, a party founded by late Mallam Aminu Kano.
As governor, he was prevented from constituting a cabinet by the state house of assembly, dominated by the opposition National Party of Nigeria, NPN, members.
Eventually the House impeached him in June 1981, making him the first Nigerian state governor ever to be impeached.
He was the PRP candidate for the presidency in the 2003 elections, and later Chairman of Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP.
On Aug. 31, 2010, Mr Balarabe-Musa quit active politics due to health issues and announced his immediate resignation from the chairmanship of the PRP.