A three-time senator from Katsina State, Kanti Bello is dead.

The 72-year old Senator died in the early hours of Tuesday in Abuja.

Bello had reportedly been battling with an ailment before his death.

Here are some things you may not know about the late statesman.

  • Kanti Bello, who was born in Ingawa Local government area of Katsina State in January 1945. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
  • He was the first Managing Director of Katsina Steel Rolling Company under the Ministry of Mines, Power and Steel.
  • He was invited into politics in 1989 by the Late Shehu Musa Yar’adua and became the pioneer Chairman of the Peoples Front in Katsina State. The late President Umaru Yar’adua served under him as Secretary of the party.
  • He was elected a senator in 1997 during the era the late Justice Minister, Bola Ige. He was elected on the platform of the Democratic Peoples Movement (DPC). They were kicked out of the Senate in 1998 by the late Head of State, Sani Abacha.
  • He contested for the same seat in 2003 and won. He contested and won on the platform of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).  In 2007, he was re-elected a senator under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He was then elected Senate Majority Whip. He was, however, among the Senate’s seat warmers who did not sponsor a single private bill during the period.
  • In 2011, Kanti Bello re-contested for the same position but was defeated by Senator Abubakar Saddiq Yar’adua of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
  • The vocal senator was one of the northerners opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan’s ambition in 2011. He was the arrowhead of the campaign against confirming Jonathan as Acting President in the absence of Late Umaru Yar’adua, who was in hospital abroad. In the run up to the 2011 general elections, he supported Gen Ibrahim Babangiga  and was appointed the Deputy Director General of IBB campaign Organisation.
  • In 2012, he dumped the PDP for CPC and later joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
  • He contested the APC governorship primary in 2015 but lost to Governor Amini Masari. Masari polled 2,470 votes to Kanti’s 1,327.
  • He was the country’s Amir-Hajj for Nigerian Pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in 2009. He broke a 20-year record as the man who organised Hajj and all the pilgrims arrived early.