Chief Edwin Clark, an elder statesman and the leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, expressed alarm about the growing number of presidential aspirants from Southern Nigeria. He called it “madness” and “unrealistic.”
According to him, the majority of contenders from the South who have expressed interest in running for president in 2023 are playing two games.
The Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi; former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha; Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba; former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu; and the only female aspirant, Uju Kennedy, were among the presidential aspirants from the South who have either declared interest or obtained forms, according to Saturday PUNCH.
Clark, who would be 95 years old on May 25, wondered where aspirants from the ruling APC were getting N100 million to pay for the forms considering the level of hunger in the country.
Of the Presidential Aspirants, Clark said,
“It is madness. If I’m to be realistic, they are not serious; particularly the Southerners from the South-West and the South-South. There are some people that have gone to be bottle bags to play double games. So, when it comes to where we say no, some people would come out to say yes we are contesting. So they know why some of them are there.”
“You have everybody in Nigeria where there is hunger, where there is lack of employment, where there is kidnapping going on every day, where children cannot go to school, where the economy is going down, these people were able to mobilise N100 million to pick forms.
“So, if these governors and ministers use their salaries, I don’t think they have it because they must eat in their houses, so also the governors. But they went back telling Nigerians that their friends contributed money for them,” he said.