Chief Edwin Clark, an Ijaw national leader and convener of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), has endorsed Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate, as his candidate for the February elections.
Clark, who is currently speaking to journalists at his Asokoro residence in Abuja, stated that with Obi as President, Nigeria will be united through his efforts to restructure the country.
Clark believes that the next President of the United States should be educated and experienced, and that the South East should be allowed to produce the next President because the region has the resources and education to govern the country.
Clark said ” I have since been fully briefed on the successful outcome of the interaction held at that occasion. Amongst other things, I have taken note of the following observations which came out of the meeting: That PANDEF presented the expectations and demands of the peoples of the Niger Delta, comprising infrastructural development, devolution of power, resource control, effective and inclusive participation in the oil and gas sector, amongst other things, to the Presidential Candidate.
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“That the vision statement shared by His Excellency Peter Obi at the occasion, as it relates to making Nigeria more productive, using the rich resource endowment in every part of the country; curbing waste and fighting corruption; and creating jobs for our teeming youths through innovative initiatives is very commendable.
“That his restated commitment to restructuring and devolution of power, will promote harmony, peaceful coexistence amongst the states and constituent parts of the country.
“That his vision for more equity and justice as it pertains to the South-South region, which in the past sixty years has produced much of the revenue for the national economy, but has been neglected with little impact in terms of infrastructure and social development, is convincing and commendable.
“Peter Obi’s commitment to environmental justice to the clean up of the Niger Delta polluted communities is most welcomed, given that even the ongoing Ogoni clean-up has been rather slow.
“His commitment to inclusion of qualified persons from the Niger Delta in the national governance process in the future government if elected into power is very reassuring.”