Buhari, Okowa, Abia PDP chapter mourn Ogbulafor
• He’ll Be Remembered For Nigeria’s Democratic Growth — President
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, declared that the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, who passed on Friday at 73, would be remembered for his role in the nation’s democratic growth.
Buhari, in his condolence message to his family, commiserated with leaders and members of the PDP, the Olokoro royal family in Umuahia, and the government and people of Abia State over the irreparable loss.
The President also commended the zeal of the Prince of Olokoro in sustaining the unity and progress of the country.
A statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said President Buhari prayed that God would accept the soul of the departed, and comfort his family.
Also, the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa and vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has condoled with his Abia counterpart, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, over Ogbulafor’s death.
Ogbulafor, pioneer National Secretary of the party, reportedly died on Thursday in Canada at 73.
In a condolence message by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika in Asaba, yesterday, Okowa expressed sadness over his death and commiserated with members of his family and the people of Olokoro in Umuahia South Local Council of Abia State.
He said that Ogbulafor would be remembered for his outstanding contributions to the growth of the party, especially from its formative years.
“ His death came to me with shock, especially now that his wealth of experience is needed in our rescue mission for our country.
“He was a true embodiment of a ‘party man’ who contributed immensely to the party’s growth and development.
“He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, political associates, particularly those whose lives he touched in diverse ways,” he said.
Okowa prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and the immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
In the same vein, the Abia State chapter of the PDP also lamented Ogbulafor’s death.
The State Chairman, Alwell Asiforo Okere, in a statement issued by the Vice Chairman/ Acting Publicity Secretary, Elder Abraham Amah said the late Ogbulafor was until his death, a member of the Abia PDP Council of Elders, and was recently appointed a member of the Abia PDP 2023 Election Advisory Council, which was inaugurated on Friday by the State Governor, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu.
He said Ogbulafor, who was the scion of the late Eze J. J. Ogbulafor family of Olokoro in Umuahia, served the Abia State and Abia State PDP in different capacities.
“He was first adviser to a former Abia Governor on Economic Matters and later served as Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport in the government of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the first civilian governor of Abia State.
“He contested for the Abia governorship under the United Nigeria Congress Party, (UNCP) and became a member of the All People’s Party (APP) in 1999, including serving the country as Minister for Economic Matters and Special duties under the Olusegun Obasanjo…”