Ex-Kaduna State Governor, Balarabe Musa, Dies at 84

The former Kaduna state governor, Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa died this morning in Kaduna at the age of 84.

Born on August 21, 1936 in Kaya Village, Kaduna State. He studied at Zaria Middle School (1947–1952) and at the Institute of Administration, Zaria (1952–1953).

He was an accounts clerk (1953–1955) and a school teacher (1955–1960). He held various managerial positions related to accountancy in the period 1960 to 1976, while studying at different colleges in London to gain additional qualifications.

Balarabe Musa was a left-wing politician who was elected Governor of Kaduna StateNigeria during the Nigerian Second Republic, holding office from October 1979 until he was impeached on 23 June 1981.

He was elected governor of Kaduna State in 1979 on the platform of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), a party founded by Mallam Aminu Kano. with others such as Abubakar RimiSabo Bakin ZuwoAbdullahi Aliyu SumailaMichael ImouduChinua AchebeYusufu Bala UsmanUche Chukwumerije, and  Sule Lamido, the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) challenged his election unsuccessfully,

His party was initially a member of the PPP alliance in opposition to the NPN, but later quietly withdrew.

As Governor he was stalemated by the Kaduna state house of assembly, which was dominated by NPN members. He was unable to form a cabinet since he refused to nominate NPN members and the House refused to ratify his candidates. Eventually the House impeached him in June 1981, making him the first Nigerian state governor ever to be impeached.

Musa later said he was impeached because he planned to have the state open small- and medium-sized industries, and this would deny the NPN members the opportunity of establishing their own enterprises.

During the Nigerian Fourth Republic he was leader of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), a coalition of opposition parties.

Musa continued to be active in politics. He was the PRP candidate for the presidency in the April 2003 elections, selected in February 2003.

He will be buried later today around 4pm.

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