12 October 2013

Nigeria: Solomon Lar - Akpabio, PDP Governors, Mantu, Mourn

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Exit of a Colossus, Solomon Lar

The Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom state and former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu have sent their condolences to the people of Plateau state on the demise of Chief Solomon Lar.

A statement released in Abuja on behalf of all the PDP governors by Akpabio described the late Solomon Lar as a true patriot who fought for the enshrinement of a democratic culture in Nigeria.

He noted that Chief Lar's work as the first national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP was instrumental to the success of the party.

Governor Akpabio also sympathised with the family of the late statesman and prayed that God would comfort them as they mourn Hon. Ben Lar, daughter of late Chief Solomon Lar, had said that the peace and unity of Nigeria was of great concern to her father until his death.

The House of Representative member stated this yesterday in Abuja, when Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, PDP National Chairman, paid a condolence visit to Lar's family.

She maintained that her father was a great father and a politician with great repute who had great ideology. "Daddy's concern is that Nigerians live in unity and peace. "Though we all grieve today, we pray God to raise many more leaders that will have the kind of philosophy he had for Nigeria", she said.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Danladi Wuyep, Special Assistant to the late Lar, had prayed that his death would bring lasting peace to the PDP and Nigeria generally. Wuyep who was Lar's special assistant for years, described him as a detribalized politician who always preached peace, unity and Godliness. He added that even on his sick bed, the late Lar was worried about the current crisis rocking the PDP and had always prayed that enduring peace and unity was enthroned in the party. He added that though he was a great politician who was always in the corridors of power; Lar lived in a rented apartment in Abuja until his death. Earlier, PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, said that the late Lar was a great politician and an emancipator of the down trodden. He wrote on the condolence register at Lar's residence that; "the nation has lost a great leader and an emancipator of the trodden masses. He was the light in the firmament of politics." Tukur said that Lar was a close friend and a political associate and one among those who openly challenged the military during the military era. He further said that the late Lar was among those who "midwifed" the formation of the PDP and led the party to victory in 1999.

"On behalf of myself and family, the PDP family and Nigerians, I send my heartfelt condolences to the Lar family." Tukur said. A former Depute Senate President Sen. Ibrahim Mantu, in the condolence register wrote that; "death has snatched the political class of the greatest leader of our time.

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