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Another prominent elder statesman backs Peter Obi, gives reason



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Barely two days after former President Olusegun Obasanjo endorsed the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, another prominent Nigerian and Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has endorsed former Anambra state governor as his candidate for the 2023 presidential election.

Speaking on Tuesday January 3, 2023, Clark who is also the convener, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), said South East should be allowed to produce the next President because the zone has resourced and educated people to govern the country.

“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.”

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