He was 68.
Audu was leading by 41,000 votes (he scored 240,867) ahead of incumbent Governor Idris Wada, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate who scored 199,514 votes.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the exercise inconclusive, saying there would be supplementary election in 91 units —a decision condemned by senior legal experts as “simply wrong”.
Audu died in his village Ogbonicha-Alloma in Ofu Local Government Area following complications from a stroke. His death set off arguments about the future of the election.