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- Published on Monday, 05 April 2010 10:02
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The former civilian governor of
He was said to be returning to
Rimi is the 3rd top politician to have died in 5 days after the death on Wednesday of Senator Tawa Wada and Senator Kawa Peto Dukku on Friday. Both senators were from
Mr. Rimi's body was taken to his house a few hours ago while his Jana'a is expected to take place at the Kano Race course at noon today, after which he would be buried.
The late Rimi was born at Rimi village, Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano State, in 1940. He became the first civilian governor of
In 2006, Mr Rimi's wife Sa'adatu was found dead in their
In the early 1960s he attended an instructor's course at the
Abubakar Rimi was co-founder with the late Mallam Aminu Kano and other progressives of the People's Redemption Party (PRP). In December 1978 he was elected the PRP's Deputy National secretary at the party's first national convention in
In 1993 Rimi was appointed minister of communications, and later was Chairman of NACB and NSPMC. He was also one of the foundation members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was the Chairman of the Finance committee of the Party at its inception and also one of its presidential candidates. He later moved to the Action Congress (AC), but in 2007 Rimi returned to the (PDP). In December 2008, he called on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, to resign from office, citing irregularities in the previous presidential election.