The immediate past Senate President, David Mark, has described former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme who died in a London hospital on Sunday night, as a quintessential leader and a hero of democracy.
In a statement, Mark said that the elder statesman was unique in character and leadership.
He noted that Ekwueme was among the leading indigenous architects who designed the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Ekwueme’s political legacy
He also noted that Ekwueme relentlessly struggled for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria when he led the famous G34 that later metamorphosed into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He listed Ekwueme’s exploits in politics and leadership to include conception of the segmentation of Nigeria into six geo-political zones for administrative and political convenience during the 1994/1995 Constitutional Conference.
“Interestingly, the six geo-political zonal structure (North-West, North-East, South-East, South-West, North-Central and South-South ) has remained the roadmap for power sharing arrangement in Nigeria.”
According to Mark, Nigeria and the entire Africa have lost a visionary leader.
“He was a forefront politician who brought intellectualism into governance.
“His quest for excellence, due process and rule of law in Nigeria will remain a reference point in politics and leadership in many years to come,” he said.
Mark urged the Federal Government to immortalise Ekwueme for his contributions to national development.