GOVERNORS Of The South-East
On Wednesday Extolled The Virtues
Of The Late Former Vice President
Of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme, At An
Inter-Denominational Service Held
In His Honour In Enugu.
The Service, Held At Okpara
Square, Was Part Of Events Leading
To The Interment Of The Deceased.
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu Of Abia
Described Ekwueme As A Brilliant
Scholar And Astute Professional.
Ikpeazu Said That The
Commitment Of The Late Former
Vice President To The Unity Of The
Country Was Unwavering.
“We Have Come With Heavy
Hearts To Pay Our Last Respects To
Our Leader. We Shall Remember Him
For His Doggedness And Fight To
Unify `Ndi Igbo’ And The Country.
“These Virtues That Are Righteous
And Sterling, We Will Copy, And
The Ones He Did Not Do, We Will
Accomplish,” Ikpeazu Said. Also, Gov. Willie Obiano Of
Anambra Described The Late
Ekwueme As A Man Who Came
Before His Time And Ahead Of His
Obiano, Represented By His
Deputy, Chief Nkem Okeke, Said
That The Deceased Was A Man Of
Integrity And Honour, Who Played
Politics Of Inclusion.
“If We Can Take One Attribute Of
His Life, Then The Country Will Be
Better For It,” Obiano Said.
The Chairman Of The South-
East Governors Forum, Gov. Dave
Umahi Of Ebonyi, Said That The Late
Ekwueme Was A Rallying Point For
Umahi Described His Death As A
Great Loss, Adding That His Wisdom
Would Be Missed At This Point In The
History Of The Country.
“Ekwueme Is A Man Of Great
Character Who Left Many Legacies.
We Pray That The Peace Of God
Reigns In His Family.”
Umahi Said That The Deceased Was
Being Sorely Missed By Management
And Students Of Ebonyi State
University, Where, Until His Death,
He Was The Chancellor.
Gov. Rochas Okorocha Of Imo, In
His Tribute, Said That The Deceased
Represented The Character Of A
Represented By Mr Eze Madumere,
His Deputy, Okorocha Said That
The Deceased Sacrificed So Much In
Politics And Gained Little.
“He Did All Those So That Nigeria
May Work. He Conquered In All
Endeavours That Nigeria Might Be
United And Respected In The Comity
Okorocha Said That The Former
Vice President Lived A Selfless Life Of
Emulation, Adding That They Were
Happy To Have Been Associated
Also, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Of
Enugu State, In His Tribute, Described
The Late Octogenarian As A Man Of
Immeasurable Honour, Humble And
that Senate President, Dr.
Bukola Saraki may return to
the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, members of the party
in Kwara state have pleaded
with the national leadership of
the party not to handover the
party structures to him.
In a chat with journalists
in Abuja after a closed door
meeting with the PDP national
chairman, Prince Uche
Secondus and members of the
National Working Committee,
“What they meet, now they
met the executive on ground,
and we cannot remove the
chairman for them or the
“If we have not done the
primary for governorship,
house of assembly, Senator,
presidential, for example, if
Saraki says he wants to contest
for the president, we cannot
deny him (nomination) form.
“And if he wants to return
back to the Senate, we will give
him form and other people too.
“So, we are ready to allow
them on issues that have not
been settled. But issues that
are settled are for four years.”
Ugwuanyi Said That The
Legacies Of The Deceased Would
Remain A Beacon Of Hope To
Late Ekwueme Who Was The
First Elected Vice President Of
Nigeria Between 1979 And 1983,
Died On Nov. 19 In A London
Hospital After A Brief Illness.
His Remains Were Driven
In A Motorcade After The
Commendation Service To
Anambra For The Continuation Of
The Burial Rites.
Prominent Among Dignitaries
Who Attended The Event Were
Former Vice President Atiku
Abubarkar, Deputy Senate
President Ike Ekweremadu
And Gov. Aminu Tambuwal Of
Sokoto, Who Represented Former
President Shehu Shagari.
Others Were The Minister Of
Labour And Productivity, Dr
Chris Ngige, And The Minister
Of Science And Technology, Dr
GOVERNORS Of The South-East