Former Governor of Old Kaduna State, Alhaji Lawal Kaita is dead.

He died at the age of 85 after a protracted illness.

Family sources said Kaita died at Nizamieye Turkish Hospital in Abuja after spending a couple of weeks on life support in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

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 was a member of the Constituent Assembly of Nigeria (1977–1978), and later became Special Assistant to President Shehu Shari 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).

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