- The south-south elder state man, Senator Edwin Clark has lashed out on APC and PDP governors who allegedly use state funds to override decisions
- Moreover, Clark in a letter urged APC's national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to stop the Delta state former governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, from being imposed on the people
- He said that the will of the people should be allowed to prevail, adding that this is the way to ensure peace and harmony
Senator Edwin Clark, the south-south leader, has slammed governors and former governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and All Progressives Congress (APC), accusing them of using their powers and states' resources to influence the decisions of their parties.
The south-south leader, in a letter urged Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of APC, to make sure that the ex-governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, was not imposed on the people as APC’s senatorial candidate in Delta south senatorial district, Delta state, Vanguard reports.
Clark said: “I observe with disgust and disappointment the continuous role of governors and former governors both of APC and PDP who use their influences and state resources to undermine their parties.
“Those governors and their predecessors in office dictate to the elected officials and overrule the party decisions. This act is unhealthy, unconstitutional, unacceptable and nauseating. This is a battle I have been fighting since 2011,” he said.
Concerning Uduaghan, Clark, who belongs to the same senatorial district with the former governor, stated: “It is the right of Dr. Uduaghan, a very distinguished son of the area to aspire and run for the office in question, it must be recognised, however, that his ambition, and as a matter of fact, that of any other person, must not be allowed to infringe on the rights of others.
“This, especially in a culturally diverse environment such as Delta South. For the avoidance of doubt, let me bring to your attention that the present ward delineation stands as follows: Ijaw – 42 wards, Isoko- 24 wards, Itsekiri – 17 wards and Urhobo- six wards.
“Gladly, aspirants from the groups have shown interest, the best your party could do in such circumstance is to ensure that no aspirant is given preferential standing above the others. They should be allowed to consult, negotiate and reach out to all the stakeholders openly and transparently.
“This is the only way to maintain the peace and inter-ethnic harmony in the area and deepen democracy at the local level,” he said.
He expressed his gratitude to Oshimohole who stood with him when police operatives invaded his house in search of arms and ammunition.
Although attempts to reach Uduaghan proved abortive, a source said: “Our principal has been on the campaign, moving from Itsekiri to Ijaw and Isoko areas in the past few weeks lobbying delegates to vote for him and telling them the reasons why they should give him their mandate. I do not see any imposition by anybody.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that in a move for change and progress, female supporters of the APC in the Delta south local government area had expressed their wish to have ex-governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of the south senatorial district at the National Assembly.
On the platform of the Ijaw Women for Good Governance (IWGG), a vocal political pressure group, the women voiced their desire at a meeting recently convened in Patani, Delta state, stressing that judging by antecedent, Uduaghan had what it takes to man the office.
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