By Umar Muhammad Puma
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has mourned the death of respected elder statesman, political intelligentsia and Nigeria’s former vice president, Dr. Alex Ekwueme at 85.
In a statement issued by the national publicity Secretary of party, Bolaji Abdullahi, the party said the nation has lost a fine gentleman and a true patriot who demonstrated that politics and integrity are not incompatible.
“The APC will remember the late Ekwueme as a stabilizing voice in Nigerian politics over the years. Many will attest that the late Ekwueme’s political ideas and interventions greatly and positively shaped the country’s political fabric.
The Party recalls that at the 1994-95 constitutional conference, the late Ekwueme suggested a six-zone geo-political structure to create a more equitable system. That structure is now in operation in the country today.
The late Ekwueme was also undoubtedly one of the strong pillars of democracy in the country. He was one of the key actors that doggedly fought for the country’s return to a democracy during the military dictatorship of Gen. Sani Abacha, through the G-34 group, and ultimately gave birth to the present fourth republic.
“As a Party, while the death of the late Ekwueme is a sad and painful loss, we should take solace in the fact that he lived a long, accomplished and impactful life. The task before us is to, therefore, keep his legacies aglow.
“The Party offers its heartfelt condolences to the late Ekwueme’s family, the President of the country, the people and government of Anambra State over the sad loss. We pray the Almighty God grant his deserving soul eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the loss.”