By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has exptessed grief over the death of former military administrator of Benue and Kano states and former Chairman, Niger State PDP Elders’ Committee, Col. Isa Kontagora (rtd), describing it as a huge national loss.
The PDP described the late Col. Kontagora as a courageous soldier, a fine officer and patriotic Nigerian, who made immense sacrifices for the unity, stability and development of our nation, particularly in his selfless roles towards the return of democracy in 1999.
The main opposition party, in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said that late Col. Kontagora was a quintessential democrat and fearless fighter for the entrenchment and strengthening of democratic tenets of respect for the constitution, adherence to the rule of law, social justice, equality and fairness in our country.
Col. Kontagora, the party added, was a loyal partyman, who remained committed to the ideals of our party as well as its stability and progress, both at the national and state levels. His contributions as the Chairman of the Niger State PDP Elders’ committee remain invaluable in the history of our party.
The statement said, “The PDP is saddened that Col. Kontagora left at the time our nation needed his wealth of experience and patriotism the most.
“Our party commiserates with the Kontagora family, our party fold in Niger as well as the government and people of Niger state and prays God to grant us the fortitude the bear this irreparable loss”, it said.