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PDP To Immortalise Ciroma, Ekwueme, Other Founding Fathers



Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is going to immortalise late Adamu Ciroma, Alex Ekwueme, Solomon Lar and other deceased founding fathers of the party.

This was disclosed by the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, during interactive session with journalists in Ciroma’s house after paying condolence visit to the family.

Secondus had led members of the National Working Committee (NWC), and some other PDP leaders to Ciroma’s Abuja residence to commiserate with the family on the passage of the elder statesman, who died on Thursday, aged 84.

The PDP chairman, who extoled Ciroma’s role in the formation of the PDP, described him as an honest and disciplined nationalist. Noting that the late former minister played a vital role in addressing challenges that the party faced in the past, Secondus said the former CBN governor was a very straightforward man who had zero tolerance for corruption.

He said, “Among all the other leaders, late former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, was a founding father and Adamu Ciroma, was one of the pillars behind the formation of what we know today as the largest political party in Africa.
“By the grace of God, something will be done to immortalise them. We will consult with other leaders but right now, we are in a state of mourning, by the time we are through with it, we will come out with something,” he said.
Secondus, who stressed that the legacies of Ciroma will continue, added that the party and the nation will always remember him for good because, “he contributed immensely to the development of the country and we have lost a great leader.”

“He believed in merit and equal rights and justice. He believed that all human beings are equal before God. We must all emulate him. We must also ask those serving now and those that are yet to, to emulate him because he was an embodiment of rule of law, justice and human rights for all,” Secondus said.

On her part, the wife of the late elder statesman and former minister of women affairs, Inna Ciroma, thanked the PDP family for coming to visit them at their trying time. Family members, friends and associates flanked her.
Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Sen Walid Jibrin, who also accompanied Secondus on the condolence visit, also extolled the virtues of the late Ciroma, adding that Nigeria has lost a great leader and quintessential elder statesman.

Besides members of the NWC, who accompanied Secondus to Ciroma’s residence, other PDP chieftains at the residence include, former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema, former acting chairman of PDP, Halliru Bello Mohammed, former senate president, Sen Adolphus Wabara.

The national leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), led by former minister of information, Prof Jerry Gana and the national secretary of the party, Shehu Gabam, were also at the residence.