By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna
Former Governor of old Kaduna State, Lawal Kaita, has passed away after a protracted illness.
He was born in 1932 in Katsina, Lawal Kaita was elected Governor of Kaduna State on the platform of the defunct National Party of Nigeria, NPN, and served from October to December 1983.
His administration was cut short by a military coup on the eve of new year.
He died at Nizamieye Turkish Hospital in Abuja after spending a couple of weeks on life support in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
Before his death, he was a member of the Constituent Assembly of Nigeria (1977–1978), and later became Special Assistant to President Shehu Shagari after losing his first gubernatorial attempt to Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) candidate, Balarabe Musa, in 1979.
The late Kaita was a leading member of late Shehu Yar’adua’s political movement, and foundation member of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), he was 85 years.