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.
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Former PDP Secretary General Solomon Lar has already filed suits to demonstrate that the party is factionalised and has joined the new Action Congress (AC) party, whose emblem is a broom...
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Also important was the former PDP Chairman and Plateau State kingpin, Solomon Lar, who won over many wavering delegates from the Middle Belt...
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They were joined by People's Democratic Party officials such as Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and former PDP Chairman Solomon Lar...
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Some political debts will have to be repaid to Jim Nwobodo (Anambra State), Solomon Lar (Plateau), and Tony Anenih (Edo) for helping to deliver critical constituencies...
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The victorious PDP is run by an eclectic bunch of old guard politicians and retired military officers - notably former Central Bank Governor Adamu Ciroma, former Information Minister Jerry Gana, former Plateau State Governor Solomon Lar and former Kano State Governor Abubakar Rimi...
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Ekwueme stands a good chance of winning the PDP’s presidential nomination if the ambitions of other political stalwarts, such as former Industry Minister Adamu Ciroma, former Kano State Governor Abubakar Rimi, former Oil Minister Don Etiebet, former Plateau State Governor Solomon Lar and Bamanga Tukur, can be put on hold...
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After the meeting with Abubakar and his ministers on Tuesday morning, the US team lunched at the Nicon Hilton with a small group of opposition politicians including Bola Ige, Adamu Ciroma, Solomon Lar and Chief Abraham Adesanya...
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On 27 March several leading northern politicians - including Adamu Ciroma, Solomon Lar, Ahmed Joda, Balarabe Musa and Abubakar Rimi - published an open letter to Abacha urging him to abandon his plans to stand as president because it would 'wreck what is left of the integrity of the transition programme'...