- Leader of PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark, says the forum adopted Atiku Abubakar because he agreed to restructure the country
- Clark said in the interest of justice and equity, the south-south would only vote for the candidate that would restructure the country
- The Ijaw leader stressed that restructuring was not against any region and assured stakeholders that it would not lead to the disintegration of the nation
Chief Edwin Clark, leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, has stated that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was adopted by the forum’s leaders because he agreed to restructure the country.
Clark made the disclosure while briefing newsmen in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Saturday, February 9, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the Ijaw leader pointed out that without restructuring and fiscal federalism, Nigeria cannot survive.
He said in order to ensure justice and equity, the south-south would only vote for the candidate that would restructure the country.
Clark said restructuring is about “the creation of a new Nigeria where every citizen is equal; a Nigeria where all the federating states or regions are able to develop at their own pace under the practice of fiscal federalism.”
He insisted that it had nothing to do with the disintegration of the country,
He added: “We have now seen that our salvation is in restructuring. If we do not restructure this country, this country will not survive.
“Our message - if you want to restructure Nigeria, you are our man and if you do not want to restructure Nigeria, you are not our man.
“So people are wondering why we adopted Atiku. Some of our boys who think they are Jews have said dying old men have taken money from Atiku.
“The PDP presidential candidate, in our discussion with him which lasted for two hours, told us that he supported restructuring and he had been working for it since 1985.”
Clark urged the south-south region to cast sentiments aside, saying: “I repeat, without restructuring, the south-south will die a natural death.”
He stressed that restructuring was not against any region and assured stakeholders that it would not lead to the disintegration of the nation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that in his expression of gratitude over the endorsement given to him by some geopolitical groups in the country, Atiku Abubakar said the gesture of massive support moved him to tears.
Atiku said that the endorsement by Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, northern leaders and stakeholders assembly and the Middle Belt Forum was a loud statement that there is hope for Nigeria as the general elections approach.
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