Tony Anenih, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has died at the age of 85.
His death was confirmed by multiple sources including his son who said the family would release a statement later tonight.
Mr Anenih died on Sunday evening at an Abuja hospital where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
Born in Edo State, Mr Anenih was one of the most influential politicians of his era. He was nicknamed ‘Mr Fix It’ for his ability to manipulate the electoral process.
Anenih is a former chairman of the PDP board of trustees and an ex-minister.
The Edo state government has released a statement condoling with the Anenih family over the death of the veteran politician.
Godwin Obaseki, Edo governor, said Anenih made immense contributions to the development of the state and the country, adding that his guidance will be missed as the 2019 election approaches.
Anenih resigned from active politics in 2016, saying “I am persuaded that I have no more ambition nor any point to prove in politics,” adding that he “shall, however, continue to avail the country of my experience, give suggestions and offer advice, as a statesman”.
He asked that Nigerians “support and pray that God will give President Muhammadu Buhari the wisdom and vision to steer this country away from recession to prosperity”.
In 2017, Anenih was bereaved twice. He lost one of his sons and his second wife who died aged 74 after a protracted illness.