The All Progressives Congress (APC), has expressed it’s sadness over the death of Nigeria’s former Vice President Dr Alex Ekwueme. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abudulahi, on Monday in Abuja, the party, however, said “the task before us is to keep Ekwueme`s legacies aglow.
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“The APC deeply mourns the death of respected elder statesman, political intelligentsia and Nigeria’s former Vice President, Dr Alex Ekwueme, at 85. Truly, the nation has lost a fine gentleman and a true patriot who demonstrated that politics and integrity are not incompatible.”
It recalled that Ekwueme’s political ideas and interventions greatly and positively shaped the country’s political fabric, it also recalled that at the 1994-1995 Constitutional Conference, the late statesman 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 late Gen. Sani Abacha,” it said.
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It added that while the death of Ekwueme was a sad and painful loss, he lived a long, accomplished and impactful life. The APC condoled with the family, President Muhammadu Buhari and the people and government of Anambra and Nigeria over the loss.
It also prayed to the Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the loss.