The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock over the death of former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu.
The party said it was heartbroken by the death of Mantu who was one of its elders and member of its Board of Trustees (BoT).
The party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said, “Our party is indeed devastated and inconsolable over this huge tragedy which have befallen not only the PDP but our entire nation, Nigeria, at large.
“Senator Mantu was a highly resourceful leader, an excellent lawmaker, exemplary democrat and dazzling political mobiliser; a very humble and detribalized statesman, who spent his life in innumerable sacrifices towards the unity, stability and economic development of our dear fatherland”.
The PDP recalled the incalculable contributions by Senator Mantu, who brought his love for the nation as well as his skills to bear in the Senate where he served as Chairman, Senate Committee on Information as well as the Deputy Senate President.
According to the PDP, “As the Deputy Senate President, Senator Mantu played key roles in stabilizing the Senate for greater legislative productivity. His political dexterity as the Chairman of Joint National Assembly Constitution Review Committee from 2001 to 2003 and from 2003 to 2007, laid the strong foundation for successful reviews of the constitution to reflect the aspirations of Nigerians.
“Senator Mantu was a pillar in the PDP and our party will never forget his sacrifices to ensure the success and growth of the PDP at all levels.
“Above all, Senator Mantu was a good man, a God-fearing soul, who spared nothing in ensuring the wellbeing of others above personal pursuits.”, the party said.
According to the PDP, “Senator Mantu’s death is indeed a big blow to our party, but we draw solace in the fact that he lived a fulfilled life and made impact in his calling as a patriot”.
Ologbondiyan said that in view of the fact that the PDP grieves at this moment, the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) earlier slated for Tuesday, August 17, 2021 had been rescheduled to hold tomorrow, Wednesday, August 18, 2021 in honour of Senator Mantu.
The party commiserated with the Mantu family, the PDP fold in Plateau state, the people of Plateau Central as well as the entire state.
It also prayed to God to grant eternal rest to the departed and to the bereaved, the fortitude to bear the huge loss.