By Abdulsalam Muhammad
KANO – Kano was thrown into shock Sunday morning following the death of an illustrious politician and former Deputy Governor of Kano state, Engr Magaji Abdullahi.
Abdullahi, 69 was a grassroot politician and served as Deputy to Governor Ibrahim Shekarau between 2003-2007.
A political aide to the late political icon, Abdullahi Kwakwatawa told Vanguard that late Magaji Abdullahi died in the hospital Sunday morning after a protracted illness.
The deceased was a one-time commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport between 1989 and 1990, and later commissioner for Water Resources.
Abdullahi came into limelight when he contested for the governorship of Kano State under the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 1991.
In 1999, Abdullahi defeated Sen. Kabiru Gaya in the APP governorship primaries, but lost to Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso.
He later became Malam Ibrahim Shekarau’s running mate in 2003 and served as Deputy Governor under APP and later ANPP from 2003 to 2007.
The deceased had since been buried in accordance with Islamic rites at the Dandolo grave yard at Goron Dutse in Kano metropolis.
Among those who attended the funeral prayer were Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and his Deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, as well as other top government officials and politicians from within and outside the state.