2015: Northern governors can’t stop Jonathan – Clark
Prominent leader of the South-South, Chief Edwin Clark, on Tuesday inferred that President Goodluck Jonathan remains the sole candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and cannot be stopped by the Northern Governors Forum.
Recalling the practice in the United States of America, he said “an incumbent remains the sole candidate of a political party if he or she is willing to contest for a second term.”
Clark spoke at his residence in Abuja where he addressed Journalists on the open letter to Niger State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Babangida Aliyu.
The elder statesman lambasted Aliyu for insisting that Jonathan entered an agreement with the north governors to serve for only one term.
He also said he was embarrassed by Aliyu’s interview published in some national dailies that it is only him (Clark) and those who will benefit that are campaigning for Jonathan to contest in 2015.
The octogenarian said the remarks against him “are most unfortunate and ridiculous.”
Recalling the pedigree of the governor as an accomplished civil servant before retiring into politics, he cautioned the governor against making “inflammatory and provocative statements” that can divide the country.
Expressing belief in one Nigeria, Clark said no group will allow itself to be subjected to a cause by another.
“What do they expect me to explain to my own child; that you have no right to aspire to the highest post even if you have the qualification.”
Responding to a question, the Second Republic Minister of Information said Jonathan would make his position on the 2015 election known next year.
He recalled that the president had embargoed campaign for 2015 adding, “it will be stupid of me to ask him if he would contest now.”