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PDP mourns Lar passing

10 October 2013, 07:32Augustine Osayande

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Abuja – The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) paid tribute to its pioneer National Chairman and first civilian governor of the Plateau state, Solomon Lar, who died on Wednesday evening.

Lar passed away following an undisclosed illness in the United States. He was 80.

“The death of the politician has left a big vacuum not only in the party but in Plateau State and the nation at large,” PDP said in a statement the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, released.

The ruling party described Lar as a “quintessential politician” and patriot who sacrificed the greater part of his life for the entrenchment of true democracy and an egalitarian Nigeria where all are free.

“Our hearts reach out to the government and people of Plateau state, the millions of PDP family nationwide, but most importantly to his loved ones and immediate family. Chief Solomon Lar will be remembered for his insistence on the emancipation of the masses and his white handkerchief. That is why he was fondly called “The Emancipator” PDP members will not forget the image of Chief Solomon

Lar on the podium with his white handkerchief singing and dancing to the PDP song,” Metuh added.

The statement further said the PDP at the national level will participate fully in ensuring that Lar is given an equivalent of a party national burial.

Born in Pongaa in Langtang in the Plateau State, Lar held various offices at national level for more than 50 years.

– CAJ News


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