Create: 11/20/2017 - 14:24
Bayelsa State Governor, Honorable Henry Seriake Dickson says Nigerians will remember the late Second Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme as an icon of democracy, who saw and used politics as a tool to serve and not to be served.
The Governor said: "In truth, Ekwueme was a gentleman politician, consummate democrat, a hero, an icon of democracy who believed in the rule of law and ventured into politics to serve."
Governor Dickson stated this in a glowing tribute on Ekwueme, who died yesterday, in a London hospital.
The Governor in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo described the passing of the elder statesman, as a monumental loss to Nigeria and Africa in general.
He said, the Octogenarian politician was also a quintessential family man and a world class architect, adding that, posterity will remember him as one of the indigenous architects that, designed the Federal capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
The Governor recalled Ekwueme's political sagacity and roles in the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria and, particularly in the enthronement of the fourth republic when he led the defunct G34 to found the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 1998
"Alex Ekwueme was a selfless, visionary and sagacious politician who led the group of 34 Patriots to form the PDP in 1998. It was also to his eternal credit that he formulated the framework for the categorization of Nigeria into six geo- political zones during the 1994/95 constitutional conference organised by late Head of State, General Sani Abacha. This political zonal structure has come to stay in Nigeria today." Dickson said Ekwueme died when his wise counsel was most needed to steer the ship of state.
While calling on the Federal Government to immortalize Ekwueme, the Governor noted that, the most enduring way to immortalize the elder statesmen was for politicians to play by the rules the way the departed VP did.