Senator Babayo Gamawa, former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has passed on.

The 53-year-old politician died on Friday night after battling with a brief illness. The spokesperson for Babayo’s family, Isa Gadau, shared the sad news with the News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] in a telephone interview.

“He complained of slight stomach ache and was taken to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, where he was admitted and later passed away. I am now heading to his house,” Gadau said.

The former PDP chieftain was born on February 2, 1966. He attended the University of Jos, where he obtained a national certificate in Purchasing and Supply. He had served as the Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly and also as Deputy Governor following the impeachment of late Mohammed Gadi In 2011.

He was elected Senator in the 7th National Assembly contesting under his former party, PDP. He served as the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, and was a member of the Land Transport Committee. Senator Gamawa defected to the ruling APC prior to the 2019 general elections.

He was married with children. His burial arrangement is yet to be announced by his family.