By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”THE Peoples Progressive Party, PPP, has described the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua as a great loss to the nation.
National leader of the party and governorship candidate in the last governorship election in Edo State, Mr. Solomon Edebiri, noted that Yarâ€™Adua would be greatly remembered for his efforts at brining peace to the Niger Delta.
He also recalled that in his bid to tackle challenges in the region, the late president created a Niger Delta Ministry and also gave approval for ten percent revenue to be paid to oil bearing communities from the joint venture.
He further described the lateÂ Â President Yar’Adua as a true friend of the Niger Delta and a nationalist in all sense.
â€œWe will remember Yarâ€™Adua for his commitment to the people of Niger Delta through the institution of amnesty programme, the establishment of the Niger Delta Ministry and retention of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.” He also lauded the anti-corruption crusade of the former president.
Meanwhile, the party has also tasked his successor, President Goodluck Jonathan, to ensure he delivered a credible election to the nation come 2011.
According to the PPP, the new president should endeavor to create a level playing ground for all political parties in the coming election.
Mr. Edebiri maintained that one way a credible election could be achievable was for the Federal Government to fully implement the recommendations of the Justice Uwais panel on electoral reform.