Ortom mourns Ogbulafor, says he was a true party man

By Sunday Iduh

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has sent a message of condolence to his Abia state counterpart, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu over the death of the former national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Vincent Ogbulafor.

Governor Ortom in the condolence message acknowledged the contributions of Ogbulafor to the growth of the PDP, especially when he served as national secretary, national chairman and until his death, a prominent member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT).

The governor, in a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur on Saturday, lamented the demise of Ogbulafor at this time when his wealth of experience in party administration would have been handy to resolve intractable crises within the party.

He noted that Ogbulafor was a true party man, who was fair and firm to all.

“In Ogbulafor, the PDP and the political class have lost a colourful and fine gentleman. We’ll miss his deep political craftsmanship,” the governor stated.

According to the statement, Governor Ortom recalled his days in the National Executive Council (NEC) of the PDP under late Chief Ogbulafor as national chairman. “When I was the national auditor of the party under him, Ogbulafor exemplified humility and dedication to duty with the way he led the PDP. He was such a leader per excellence,” the statement read.

The statement further stated that the governor was however, consoled that Ogbulafor left record of excellence services to the party, the nation and humanity at large.

The governor prayed that God in His infinite mercies, grant the deceased eternal rest and the immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.

Ogbulafor reportedly died last Thursday in Canada at the age of 73 years. Ogbulafor, who was born on May 24, 1949, was the first PDP’s National Secretary before he later became the party’s National Chairman.

He hailed from Olokoro in Umuahia South Local Government of Abia State.

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