Chief Pere Ajunwa, a former presidential candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party of Nigeria (LDPN) and the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the 2003 and 2007 presidential elections is dead.
The death of Chief Pere Ajunwa, which was confirmed to newsmen in Yenagoa on Tuesday in a statement issued by Mr. Danile Markson-Iworiso, the Chief Press Secetary to the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon.Seriake Dickson, was described as an untimely passage, sad, shocking and a monumental loss to the Government and people of Bayelsa State.
Dickson, in a condolence message to the bereaved family, also described the death of Chief Ajuwa as a great and painful loss to the Ijaw Nation and the political landscape of Nigeria.
He recalled Chief Ajuwa’s forays into politics, which saw him contest for the governorship of the old Rivers State and later for the presidency, making him one of the very few minorities of the Ijaw stock to run for the highest office in the land.
According to him, the efforts of the late Egbesu of Egbesubiri greatly inspired the younger generation of Ijaw politician and gave a greater insight and meaning to why we should legitimately fight for what rightly belonged to us, without resorting to violence.
The Bayelsa State Governor also recalled how Chief Pere Ajuwa supported every genuine effort of the Ijaw people to be properly recognized and be accorded their pride of place politically, economically, and in other areas of human endavour by using his personal resources to fight for the political and economic emancipation of the minorities of the South-South, especially his tribesmen and women, who had suffered years of neglect and deprivation.
The Governor’s statement added that, even though Chief Ajuwa is dead, his worthy legacies and strides as an Ijaw patriot and a fighter for the rights of the minorities of this country would live long after him.
Governor Dickson prayed for the peaceful repose of his soul and for God Almighty to grant the family he has left behind, the strength, courage and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
It would be recalled that theNigeria’s opposition Alliance for Democracy (AD) in 2007 picked Pere Ajunwa as its new presidential candidate, following last week’s death of candidate Adebayo Adefarati at the age of 76.
Ajunwa was picked at a special convention of the party in the capital city of Abuja, and his name was forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the 21 April presidential election.
Before his emergence on the platform of the AD, Chief Pere Ajunwa grudgingly stepped downalongside Bukar Abba Ibrahim for the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari to clinch the All Nigerian Peoples Party Ticket to contest the 2007 Presidential ticket.
It claimed that due to the larger political image gathered by President Buhari ahead of the race and seen as the alter ego of the party and did not have much problems retaining the ticket of the party.