A former Minister of Works, Chief Adeseye Ogunlewe, on Monday, Nov. 23, said the sudden death of the candidate of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the inconclusive governorship election, Prince Abubakar Audu, should not be ignored.

He said the Federal Government should launch a full-scale investigation into his death, suggesting that the politician's passing when he was at the brink of winning the poll is suspicious.

“There must be an investigation into Audu’s death. He cannot die in vain. There must be an investigation into the matter. Are there no hospitals in Nigeria that can conduct an autopsy?

“I suspect foul play because the man was not sick. Didn’t he have doctors? Someone was about to win an election and he died mysteriously? Who was with him when he died? People should ask questions. The matter must be investigated. There must be an autopsy report,” Ogunlewe told Punch.

Audu died on Sunday, Nov. 22, of a heart attackafter the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the election, in which he was in clear lead, inconclusive.

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The Commission has, however, granted the APC the go ahead to present a replacement for the late politician, as December 5 has been fixed for a rerun election in 91 affected polling units of the state.