Anxiety mounted on Monday over the state of health of Former Plateau State Governor and pioneer National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Solomon Lar. Many speculated that the former Governor had passed on. Street Journal has however gathered that Chief Lar was in critical condition in a hospital in London. He was discharged last week but suffered a relapse and had to be rushed back.
The executive Secretary of Solomon Lar Foundation, Major Adeyi dispelled rumours that the politician had passed on. He disclosed that Chief Lar was on life support.
Lar, whose political career spanned over 5 decades was elected as a councillor on the platform of the Langtang Natives Authority in January1959. Eleven moths later, he was elected to be a member of the Federal Parliament on the platform of the United Middle Belt Congress.
He served as Parliamentary Secretary to Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, the then Prime Minister up till 1966 when the military took over.
In the Second Republic, Lar became the first Executive Governor of Plateau State, having flown the flag of the Nigerian Peoples Party which he co founded.
In the botched 3rd Republic, Lar pitched his tent with the Social Democratic Party and he later served under General Sani Abacha as the Minister for Police Affairs.
He became the first National Chairman of the PDP in 1998 and served in that capacity till 2002. He also served as the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees.