By Andrew Essien, Abuja
The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has joined other notable Nigerians to mourn the death of Nigeria’s former vice president, Dr Alex Ekwueme at 85.
In a statement released and signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi on Monday, stated that the nation had lost a fine gentleman and a true patriot who demonstrated that politics and integrity were not incompatible.
The party further said that it would remember the late “respected elder statesman and political intelligentsia” 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. Through the G-34 group, he was a key actor that doggedly fought for the country’s return to a democracy during the military dictatorship of Gen. Sani Abacha and ultimately birthed 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 release read in part.
The party offered its condolences to the late Ekwueme’s family, President Muhammadu Buhari, the people and government of Anambra State over the sad loss.
The APC prayed to the Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the loss.