Former Works Minister, Tony Anenih is dead

Former Minister of Works and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Anthony Anenih, is dead.

The  85-year-old died on Sunday evening at Cedar Crest hospital in Abuja where he was being treated for an undisclosed illness.

His death has been confirmed by his son who stated that the Anenih family would release a statement later on Sunday night.

Popularly known as Mr Fix It, the late Anenih was one of the most influential politicians in his times.

Mr Anenih was a state chairman of Nigeria’s then ruling party, NPN, between 1981 and 1983. He is believed to have played a major role in the controversial 1983 general elections including in his home state of Bendel (now Edo State) where he helped Samuel Ogbemudia to victory.

Mr Anenih was also the national chairman of the Social Democratic Party in 1993 under whose platform Moshood Abiola won the June 12, 1993 presidential election. Mr Abiola was later imprisoned by the Sani Abacha dictatorship with many of his supporters accusing Mr Anenih of betraying the June 12 cause.

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