November 27, 2017

Ishaku, Abba-Gana laud Ekwueme’s democratic virtue

Alex Ekwueme

Late Alex Ekwueme

By Soni Daniel & B Chris Ochayi

TARABA State governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku, has described former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, as the architect of Nigeria’s modern democratic system.

Alex Ekwueme

Former Vice President Alex Ekwueme

The governor made the remark in a tribute sent to the family of the former Vice President yesterday.

This came as former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and member, Board of Trustees, BOT, of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  Mohammed Abba-Gana, said  late  Ekwueme, sowed the seed for the enduring democracy in Nigeria.

Governor Ishaku in the tribute through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Bala Dan Abu, said: “Chief Ekwueme played a critical role in the political engineering process that gave birth to the present democratic dispensation in Nigeria. His very mature approach to politics, forthrightness and patriotism also helped in no small way to nurture and sustain that process. His contributions will certainly be accorded a generous place in the political history books of the country.’’

He consoled with the family of the late elder statesman and extended his condolences to the members of the family, the governors and entire people of the South East states of Nigeria over the demise

On his part, Abba-Gana, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said late Dr. Ekwueme was the architect of modern democracy in the country, given his remarkable leadership of the G34 and the courage and wisdom he displayed in fight for democracy and rule of law.

According to him, “A great Nigerian leader and statesman has departed. A trusted and tested democrat. A proven patriot and nationalist and second to none team player.   He came to the national limelight as Vice President from Oct 1979 to 31st Dec 1983. His immense contributions to the 1994/95 National Constitutional Conference have endeared him to the generality of Nigerians.

“His timely and remarkable leadership of the G34 and the courage, intellect and wisdom he displayed in the fight for democracy and rule of law singled him out as the real hero of our democracy and leader of high moral values and fear of God. Above all his acceptance of defeat in the 1999 PDP Presidential primaries held in Jos showed his love for one united Nigeria and faith in democratic institutions and processes.

“By that acceptance of defeat he sowed the seed for the enduring democracy and democratic order and rule of law which we now cherish and enjoy. His family is definitely in sorrow but Nigerians who know his value and deeds are in more sorrow because they have lost a redeemer, nation builder and a just and dependable leader.”