It was free flow of tears on Wednesday , when some national chairmen of political parties and party leaders paid a condolence visit to the home of late national chairman of Labour Party (LP), Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam at the Gwarimpa area of the Federal capital Territory, FCT.
The leaders operating under the aegis of Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) was led by its Acting President, Chief Okey Ralph Nwosu who promised to continue with the ideals of the late LP national chairman.
They also promised to initiate a ‘Project Salam’ to immortalise the late politician and labour leader.
Recall that Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam , who was popularly known in political circles as A.A Salam died in his Abuja residence early hours of Tuesday, December 29, 2020.
His demise took his political associates, friends and followers by surprise since he showed no sign of illness before his death.
He was the National Secretary of National union of local Government workers for about 25 years. He was the National Secretary of Labour Party before he became the National chairman in 2015.
The IPAC members who took their turns to address the widow of the late politician, Hajia Abdulsalam and fist son, Danjuma Abdulsalam collectively pledged to forge on with the political ideals and belief of the late politician to birth a new Nigeria devoid of religious and political acrimony.
In his remarks, the Acting National President of IPAC, Chief Ralph Nwosu, said, we are all party leaders but we have a leader of the leaders. And that was who Abdulsalam was. He was a leader pf all leaders as far as political parties is concerned.
Chief Nwosu, who is also the National chairman of African Democratic Congress, (ADC) said, : “We all loved him because he was a very detribalized person. He believed in the unity of this country. He didn’t even speak it, he does it. At time, the political zones would always divided in Nigeria, divided along religious line but will analyze the issue and then say no, this is where it ought to be.
“Where it favours this person or it favours other, we must be with Nigeria. And that is why all of us loved him. We loved him with all our hearts because he is a real good Nigerian.
“Before this, we are working on a serious assignment, and the assignment is to transform this country. We are all still dedicated on that assignment because we have worked on it, we have a road map. That legacy he wanted to leave in politics, we must work on it and we must make sure that legacy is achieved.
“And that is why we are committed. The next project you will see in Nigeria will be Project Salam, because he meant it.
Speaking, High Chief Peter Ameh, said, in respect of Late Abdulsalam, you know people wanted to draw a circle as if it is a party chairman thing. He has served NULGE for 23 years as the National Secretary of Council. He has done various things for Nigeria, he was at two National Conferences, organized under Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan respectively.
“He (Salam) was as great man. He believed everybody from all walks of life. He did not create any divide between the South, the North or the West. He believed in one Nigeria. He was a man that today; my mind is filled with joy for because all his colleagues and friends you go to will talk good of him.
“And he was a very principled man; he fought for the unity of this country like no other person would have. He has his conviction about thing which as are not going right, he will stand and fight, not only speaking against it but he will also fight against the evil.
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“He talked and fought against evil. As we speak, the parties that were deregistered , Labour Party was not among them in the first place, but Labour Party was one of those who went to Court to challenge the decision of the INEC, but we didn’t want it to form the reason we are her today. We are here to celebrate the exit of a detribalized Nigerian.”