The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, mourned the death of former Head of the defunct Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan describing his death as a national tragedy.
This was contained in a statement by Debo Ologunagba National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Ernest Shonekan had died early Tuesday morning after a brief illness
The statement said, Chief Shonekan was a very courageous, humble, and patriotic leader; a bridge-builder and an extraordinary statesman, who dedicated his life.
It said Chief Shonekan made immense sacrifices to ensure the unity and stability of Nigeria in the heat of the political crisis that threatened the nation's corporate existence following the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election.
The statement said, “The late Head of the Interim National Government was an accomplished personality and a visionary leader, whose efforts in applying his vast experience as a consummate lawyer and businessman to reposition our nation, despite the daunting challenges faced by his three-months regime between August and November 1993 cannot be forgotten.
“Chief Shonekan’s commitment to the entrenchment of democracy was evident in his determination to restore the rule of law and transparency in governance. ” The statement said
He said, even outside the office, Chief Shonekan remained committed to the unity, stability, and development of our nation.
“Our Party grieves that he left the stage at the time the nation needed his wealth of experience and wise counsel the most.” It said
The PDP commiserated with the Federal Government, the government and people of Ogun State, and the Shonekan family.
The party prayed to God to grant the nation and the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the huge national loss.