PDP leaders eulogise ex-chairman, pledge to immortalise Ogbulafor

PDP leaders eulogise ex-chairman, pledge to immortalise Ogbulafor

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP has pledged to imortalise the former National Chairman of the party, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, who died recently.

The acting National Chairman of the party, Ambassador Umar Damagum, made the promise in Abuja during a valedictory session in honour of the late party leader.

Amb. Damagum described Ogbulafor as a great leader whose legacies would remain evergreen.

He explained that “because of the strong political structure and good governance provided by the party from 1999, the late Chief Ogbulafor had the boldness to declare that the PDP would remain in power for 60 years.”

The National Secretary of the party, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, also described Ogbulafor as a humble and consumate politician with great leadership qualities which should be emulated.

“Heaven is rejoicing. What we should be celebrating is the legacy he left behind. His demise is a very great loss to the party, to Abia and to Nigeria,” Anyanwu stated.

A former National Secretary and National Chairman who handed over the secretariat to late Chief Ogbulafor, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo said that his leadership qualities started to blossom early in life.

“His philanthropy and kind heartedness was succour for all the indegent students in our school.

“He was the first person to be a National Secretary and National Chairman in PDP. If he had not done well, he would not have been elevated to the chairmanship position. He was a contented person.

“He was the brian behind the 12 floor national Secretariat of the party and organised the launching and building of the massive edifice that has remained that way since he left office.”

Also eulogizing the late PDP leader, another former National Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi said, “We are celebrating the transition of someone who lived well.

“I can’t recall anytime I saw him angry not matter how much provoked. He was a peace maker. Even when he was faced with trumped up charges, he remained calm. He was a de-tribalised Nigerian.”

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki said, “He was a selfless, humble and a visionary leader. He was a man of courage, candour, consistency and compassion”

“He fought for what he believed in and God vindicated him.”

Adding his voice, former National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus said, “He was an embodiment of humility and honesty, a quality that present leaders of the country lack.

“He was an unassuming leader who remained calm and smiling even in the midst of provocation. He was a man of honour.”

Alhaji Abubakar Kawu – Baraje, a former National Secretary, in his speech described Ogbulafor as a typical example of a true democrat.

“He never runs dry of ideas and his ideas were always apt and precise. He was a leader that had a lot of empathy for his colleagues and staff of the Secretariat. He was humble to a fault.

“He has an unquantifiable passion for PDP. During his tenure he ensured that party comes first,” he said.

The first son of the deceased, Prince Uchenna Ogbulafor appreciated the party for the positive words they said about his late father.

“You have shown us what my dad represents. We are proud of PDP. We appreciate you all and it is an honour to see how you paid homage for my dad. He is a simple man and we his children have taken the best part of him as people talk about the impact he has made in their lives.”

Ogbulafor 73, was former National Secretary of PDP, from 2001 to 2005 and former National Chairman, from 2008 to 2010.

His remains was flown home from Canada on Wednesday and would be interred next Friday.

Some of the dignitaries that attended the event included Former National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, former BoT Chairman Senator Walid Jubrin, former National Chairman South Nze Fidelis Ozichukwu – Chukwu, former National Organizing Secretary Austin Akobundu, Former Woman Leader Hajia Mariam Waziri, former National Secretary Senator Ben Obi, the Chairman of the burial committee Chief Okey Nwadinobi and many others.

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