Bob Akitani (inset), whose real name is Bob Emmanuel Akakpovi, former candidate for President of the Republic in 2005 and founding member of the UFC (opposition) passed away on Monday at a clinic in Lomé at the age of 89.
Mr. Akitani was replaced at short notice by Gilchrist Olympio in the 2005 presidential election.
A few days before his disappearance Bob Akitani sent a message to Gilchrist Olympio, the president of the UFC, encouraging him to pursue the political path chosen since 2010 for the development of Togo.
A brilliant student in France, math major at Henri IV in Paris, Faculty of Paris and Poitiers, National School of IFP ENSPM Engineer, Bob Akitani had returned to Togo during independence to become the technical director of the 'Compagnie Togolaise des Mines du Bénin' (CTMB).
The date of his funeral is not yet known.