Ex-Senate President, David Mark, on his own described second republic Vice President Dr. Alex Ekwueme as a quintessential leader and a hero of the present democratic dispensation in Nigeria.
The President General of Ohanaeze, Chief John Nwodo, said in a statement in Abuja on Monday that with the demise of the first elected Vice President of Nigeria, the country has lost one of the foremost advocates of a restructured federation.
"The Ekwueme family regrets to announce the peaceful passing away of their patriarch, the former Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme, GCON", the statement read.
Mark in a statement by his media assistant, Paul Mumeh, noted that the elder statesman was a fine architect both in character and leadership.
"On behalf of my family, I sincerely commiserate with Nigerians on his death".
"His purposeful leadership and development strides, the late Ekwueme influenced the establishment of the Federal Polytechnic Oko which brought about unprecedented development of the Oko Kingdom in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State".
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Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba (Engr) Gbenga Daniel stated this in his condolence message on the death of the highly revered statesman who was, until his death, among the few remaining titans of modern Nigerian politics.
The President of NUF, Mr Augustine Chukwudum, told NAN in Enugu that Ekwueme wrote his name on the sand of time.
Ekwueme also had degrees law and some other fields.
Ekwueme participated in the Nigeria National Constitutional Conference in 1994/1995, where he served in the Committee on the Structure and Framework of the Constitution.
"I pray that the Almighty God grant us the fortitude to bear this great loss".