It was a sad reminder of the times as two factions of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP issued separate statements to mourn the death of the party’s pioneer national chairman ,Chief Solomon Lar.The former governor of Plateau led the party through its halcyon days that ushered in the current democratic dispensation.But the party is split down the middle,thus accounting for the factional tributes to the late former chairman.
The Bamanga Tukur led PDP in its condolence message expressed “deep sadness” over the death of the pioneer National Chairman and former Governor of Plateau state, Chief Solomon Lar, describing the development as a huge loss to the nation.
Its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement said the death of the politician has “left a big vacuum not only in the party but in Plateau State and the nation at large.”
The 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”
The statement further said the “PDP at the national level will participate fully in ensuring that Chief Solomon Lar is given an equivalent of a party national burial”.
In its tribute,the Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said learnt with shock of the death of Chief Solomon Daushep Lar, the First Civilian Governor of Plateau State and First National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Baraje led-PDP expressed shock over the exit of Chief Lar in a statement by Mr Eze Chukwuemeka who described the statesman as “a colourful politician of substance, a first-class patriot and an accomplished administrator”.
The statement noted that as a former pioneer Chairman of the PDP, Lar played a significant role in laying a solid foundation on which his successors built to make the party the poster boy of Nigerian politics and in sustaining and growing democracy.
According to Eze, “Chief Lar’s death, coming on the heels of that of another of our former leaders, Dr. Olusegun Agagu, has robbed both our great party and the country at large of a rare voice of wisdom”.
“We pray that God Almighty will accept his soul in eternity and grant us Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”, Baraje led-PDP prayed.
“We hereby send our condolences to the Lar family, to the Plateau State Government, to President Goodluck Jonathan and to all Nigerians. A great man has departed! Adieu, Chief Solomon Daushep Lar”.