Abuja - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed grief over the death of Solomon Lar, the founding National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party.
In a statement, which he signed and made available to the news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, Obasanjo noted that it was under Lar’s chairmanship of PDP that he became the president of Nigeria.
"The news of the demise of Solomon Lar, the first civilian Governor of Plateau State, member of G18 & G34, the first Chairman under whose chairmanship I won the Presidential election of 1999.
"Solomon Lar was a man whose political career stretched from the military era through the present democratic dispensation,’’ Obasanjo said.
He said Lar made significant contributions to the re-establishment of democracy in Nigeria.
"His place will be very difficult to fill within his community, the state, the party and the nation.’’
The former president prayed God to console the Lar family.