Tony Anenih, former Minister of Works is dead.
At various times, his death has often been reported but he has always debunked them.
Mr Anenih Died on Sunday at Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja, where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
Popularly known as ‘Mr Fix It’ the Edo State indigen was one of the most influential politicians of his era.
He 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.
Upon return to democracy in 1999, Mr Anenih was also a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party and was appointed works minister by then President Olusegun Obasanjo.
He was accused of masterminding the mismanagement of tens of billions of naira while he held sway as works minister.
Already, Nigerians including President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned the demise of Anenih.
“Chief Anenih was for decades a frontline figure on Nigeria’s political landscape: State Chairman of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), chieftain of the PDP, and a former Minister of Works,” Buhari said in a tweet on Sunday.
“I pray that the Almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest, and comfort his family, friends, political associates and all who mourn him,” the president added.
Former vice president and the 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, described the passing away of the former works minister as a sad news.
“The passing away of Chief Tony Anenih, one of the founding fathers and elder statesmen of @OfficialPDPNig is a sad news to me and everyone who had a close & personal relationship with him. I pray for strength and comfort for his family. May God grant his soul a peaceful repose,” Mr Abubakar tweeted on Sunday.
Also, the President of the 8th Senate, Bukola Saraki, who described Mr Fix It as an consummate elderstate man said Anenih would be missed.
“Chief Tony Anenih, was a consummate elder statesman who played several defining roles throughout Nigeria’s democracy. He will be remembered for his great patriotism and his insight into national issues. He will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace, Chief,” Saraki tweeted.
Chief Tony Anenih, was a consummate elder statesman who played several defining roles throughout Nigeria’s democracy. He will be remembered for his great patriotism and his insight into national issues. He will be dearly missed. Rest in Peace, Chief. pic.twitter.com/ceqSJzeRBU
— Bukola Saraki (@bukolasaraki) October 28, 2018