Chief Pere Ajunwa who is the presidential candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party of Nigeria (LDPN) and the Alliance for Democracy (AD) is dead.
The Ijaw chieftain who ran for presidency in 2003 and 2007 on the platform of LDNP and AD respectively died on Monday, January 31.
Vanguard reports that he passed away in Port Harcourt, Rivers state although the cause of the dead has not been ascertained.
Daniel Iworiso-Markson who is the chief press secretary to Governor Seriake Dickson conformed this and described Ajuwa’s demise as a shock.
He also said it was a great and painful loss to the Ijaw nation and the political landscape of Nigeria.
He noted that Ajuwa contested for the position of governor of the old Rivers state as well as the presidency making him one of the few Ijaws to run for the position.
“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.”
“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.
“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.”