By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has expressed grief over the death of the national chairman of Labour Party (LP), Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, who died on Tuesday morning in Abuja.
In a statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of IPAC, Agbo Major, the Council said it is devastated over the demise of a great patriot, seasoned administrator, distinguished political party leader and esteemed elder statesman who devoted his life in service to the nation and humanity.
“His departure at this crucial period of Constitution and Electoral Act amendment when his wise counsel is needed to move the nation forward, is a big blow to all lovers of representative governance in Nigeria.
“A man of great conviction and intellectual ability, the late Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam was a peacemaker, bridge builder and detribalized Nigerian.
“IPAC National Chairman, Dr Leonard Nzenwa expressed deep sorrow over his demise saying that an iroko has fallen among leaders of political parties.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with members of his family, the Labour Party and his political associates. Council takes solace in the fact that he lived an exemplary life and contributed immensely to the political development of the nation.
Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has extended its condolences to members of Nigeria’s Labour Party over the death of the Party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam.
A statement issued yesterday by John James Akpanudoedehe, who is the national Secretary of the party, said “We mourn the late Abdulsalam whose passage is a major loss to Nigeria’s opposition politics and our democracy at large.
“In line with the Labour Party’s mantra, as National Chairman, the late Abdulsalam will be remembered for his efforts to entrench Labour Party as the Party for Social Democracy and advocate for the welfare of workers, particularly the increment of minimum wage.
“The APC commiserates with the immediate family of Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam and prays Almighty Allah forgives his shortcomings and grant him Al Jannah Firdaus.”