South-South Elder Statesman Edwin Clark Issues Strong Warning, Asks Okowa to Resign as Atiku's Running Mate
- Chief Edwin Clark has called on Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa to resign as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar
- The elder statesman said Governor Okowa has betrayed the entire South-south region by agreeing to serve as PDP's vice-presidential candidate
- According to Clark, the South-South Forum has resolved that power must shift to the region after a Northern president
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On Thursday, February 2, a former commissioner for information and a South-south elder statesman, Edwin Clark described the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, as a betrayal.
PM News reports that Clark, while hosting a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city, called on Okowa, the incumbent governor of Delta state to step down as Atiku Abubakar's running mate in the 2023 presidential election.
Making a case for his demand, Clark said that Okowa's emergence as Atiku's running mate is contrary to the resolution of the South-South Forum.
He said the forum had in agreement resolved that Nigeria's presidency must shift from the North to the Southern part of the country by 2023.
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“Okowa has betrayed his colleagues in the Southern Governors Forum and the south generally.
“This man has betrayed us for accepting to be the running mate of Atiku. Without me, it would have been difficult for him to become governor of Delta."
The Punch reports that Clark further said he was shocked that the governor accepted the task to serve as PDP's vice-presidential candidate without consulting with the elders from the region.
“This man has betrayed us. We all agreed; we held serious meetings that this man had betrayed us. We can no longer trust him."
More trouble for Atiku as 2 PDP governors not in Wike's camp are reportedly set to dump him
The national chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Professor Rufai Ahmed Alkali, has alleged that two other PDP governors, apart from the G5, are threatening to dump Atiku.
Alkali made the claim while reacting to Atiku's statement that he was in talks with the NNPP presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, over a possible alliance.
The NNPP chairman berated Atiku, saying the former vice president should focus on putting his party together ahead of the polls.
Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation says Peter Obi not in talks with Atiku
In a related development, the Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation said the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, is not in talks with Atiku over a possible alliance ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The campaign organisation's spokesman, Yunusa Tanko, said this on Wednesday, February 1.
According to Tanko, those making the alliance claim are just trying to exploit Obi’s popularity.