He also recalled Ekwueme’s relentless struggle for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria when he led the famous G34 that later metamorphosed into the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that formed the government in 1999.
He said: “Ekwueme’s exploits in politics and leadership to include but not limited to propounding the theory of the segmentation of Nigeria into the current six geo political zones for administrative and political convenience during the 1994/95 constitutional conference convoked by late Head of State General Sani Abacha.
“Interestingly, the six geo political zonal structure (North West, North East, South East, South West, North Central and South South ) have remained the road map for power sharing arrangement in Nigeria today.”
According to Mark, ” Nigeria and indeed Africa has lost a visionary leader, a forefront politician who brought intellectualism into governance.
“No doubt, history will be kind to Ekwueme for his immeasurable contributions to the political, socio and economic development of Nigeria”.
Senator Mark urged the federal government to immortalize Ekwueme for his selfless contributions to the nation.