One of Nigeria’s old breed politician and formidable political giant from Edo State and Southern Nigeria, Chief Tony Anenih, is dead.
He passed on on Sunday in a private hospital in Abuja after a brief ailment, aged 85.
Sources who confirmed his demise said the politician had been frail and taking life easy.
He had quit partisan politics more than a year ago after he suffered two quick successive deaths (wife and son).
Born in Edo State, Mr Tony 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.
In July this year, he cancelled his 85th birthday celebration, over the sad state of affairs in Nigeria.
Anenih was also married to Josephine Anenih, a lawyer, who was the chairperson of the Federation of Women Lawyers from 1994 to 2000 and also was the first National Woman Leader of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from 1999-2005.
Confirming his death, the Tony Anenih family in statement issued by his son, Anthony Anenih, Jnr said the patriarch enjoyed uncommon grace of God while he lived.
The statement titled “OUR PATRIARCH, CHIEF ANTHONY AKHAKON ANENIH, PASSES ON, reads: ” With a heavy heart and total submission to the will of the Almighty God, the family of Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih, CFR, the Iyasele of Esanland, announces his passing on to glory today, Sunday, October 28, 2018 after a brief illness.
“Aged 85, Chief Anthony Akhakon Anenih, is survived by many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
“A beloved patriarch, he enjoyed God’s uncommon grace while alive.
“He served God and humanity with commitment. He also served his fatherland to the best of his ability.
“We will all sorely miss him. But his legacies live on.
“Burial arrangements by the family will be announced subsequently”, family stated.