Chief Solomon Lar
Date of Birth: 04/1933
Place of Birth: Pagna, Plateau State
Education: Sudan United Mission School, Langtang, 1944-49; Sudan United Teachers' Training College, Gindiri, 1950-53; Ahmadu Bello University, 1966-70; Nigerian Law School, Lagos, 1971.
Career: School teacher, 1954-55; Member, Federal House, 1959-64; Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Establishment, 1964-66; National Secretary, Nigeria Legal Aid Association, 1973; Chairman, Plateau State Manpower Development Panel, 1975; Chairman, African Continental Bank Ltd, 1976-79; Founder, Club 19, later Nigeria People's Party, 1977; First Civilian Governor and Chief Executive, Plateau State, 1979-83; Minister, Police Affairs, 1993; member, the group of 34; Chairman, the People's Democratic Party (PDP), 1998-2006; member, Action Congress, 2006 to date.
Commentary: As a former PDP Chairman and Plateau State kingpin, Solomon Lar remains an important figure in Nigerian Politics. His support was key to Olusegun Obasanjo in 2002 as he helped deliver wavering delegates from the middle belt. 2006 saw him become disaffected by the divides emerging within the PDP, which he demonstrated by joining the Action Congress Party (ACP). He remains a high profile figure in Plateau State and heads a 15-member Federal Government special committee on the recurrent Jos crises.