Ekwueme: We’ve lost our father, says South-East PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the death of the former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme as a big blow to the party and nation’s democracy which the late patriarch had laboured to institutionalise in Nigeria.

In a statement, the National Vice Chairman of the party in the South East zone, Chief Austin Umahi noted that late Ekwueme was the foremost founder of the PDP and had suffered greatly to return democracy in the country from the hands of Military dictatorship.

Umahi recalled how Ekwueme rallied critical political stakeholders massed in the G-34 that provided the political leadership for the final civilian rebellion that later metamorphosed into the Peoples Democratic Party, which took the reins of government from the military and sustained democracy for 16 unbroken years till it was ousted from power.

He added that his leadership ingenuity which led to the formation of the six geopolitical zones had further decentralised development across the zones, adding that he would forever be remembered for his works of patriotism and nationalism.

“For us in the PDP, we have lost our father. His death was a big blow. It was shocking to us. We would not have liked to lose a worthy father like him at this time that our nation’s democracy needs his tutelage and parental advice. He has contributed immensely for the advancement of our democracy. He suffered for the unity and development of this country.

“For Ndigbo, Ekwueme was our political pillar. He gave us a unique identity with which Igbos are remembered and revered today. He was our hero of democracy. His famous proposal for a just and equitable power sharing in Nigeria based on the six geopolitical zones have now come to be accepted as necessary for maintaining a stable Nigerian polity”, Umahi said.

The party therefore commiserated with the family, people and government of Anambra State for the irreparable loss, praying for the repose of his soul.

Charles Onyekwere, Abakaliki

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