The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said many people would remember the late Minister of Information and Culture, Tony Momoh for his tough stance against corruption.
The party stated this on Monday night in a condolence statement signed by Secretary, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe over the demise of momoh earlier in the day.
Momoh died in his residence at the age of 81.
The statement said the APC was deeply saddened by the death of the former National Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the legacy political parties that metamorphosed into the ruling APC.
According to the statement, the deceased as CPC National Chairman, made clear the defunct party’s resolve to bar any of its aspirants to become candidates if they engaged in corrupt practices or thuggery during the primaries.
The statement further said Momoh truly lived a “storied life which will be a source of inspiration to present and future generations.”
It reads, “On behalf of the National Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), H.E. Mai Mala Buni, members and supporters of our great party, we extend our condolences to late Prince Tony Momoh’s family, the President, government and people of Edo State.
“A distinguished journalist, lawyer, the Yerima of Auchi, politician, publicist, author, the former Minister of Information and Culture truly lived a storied life which will be a source of inspiration to present and future generations.
“The late Prince Tony Momoh was a strong advocate for internal party democracy which allowed for open, consultative and fair party processes. His mindset and approach to politics was that of service, not business. This was evident in all assignments he was regularly called upon to serve on behalf of the party.”
Furthermore, it said, “Many will remember the late Prince Tony Momoh’s tough stance against corruption. As CPC National Chairman, he made clear the defunct Party’s resolve to bar any of its aspirants to become candidates if they engaged in corrupt practices or thuggery during the primaries.
“Words are not enough to describe the monumental loss brought by the death of Prince Tony Momoh on the progressive fold.
“The Party prays the Almighty God grants the late Prince Tony Momoh eternal rest and bring succour to all his family, loved ones, friends and associates as we mourn this sad loss.”
Former Head of States, Ibrahim Babangida appointed Momoh Minister of Information and Culture. He held the position between September 1986 to 1990.
He was Chairman of the African Conference of Information Ministers from 1988 to 1990.
He was educated at Government School Auchi, the school Momoh the First had established at Auchi in 1922. He also attended Teacher Training College, Abraka, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, the University of Lagos, and the Nigerian Law school.
He had degrees in Mass Communication and Law and was a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He worked in various capacities, including professional and administrative, in the Daily Times of Nigeria Group.