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Edwin Clark retires from partisan politics, says will not defect

Edwin Clark 

*Says Jonathan lacked the will to fight corruption*

Ijaw leader and elder statesman, Edwin Clark [pictured above], had on Wednesday announced that he is quitting the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP].

Clark made the declaration during a courtesy visit by Think Nigeria First Initiative (TNFI), a nonpartisan, non-religious, non-ethnic support organisation for just causes.

Clark, however, left no one in guess as to his next affiliation as he said that he is formally retiring from all partisan politics and will not join any other party but would only function as an elder statesman.

Clark, who was a staunch ally of former President Goodluck Jonathan, also said that the former president lacked the political will to fight corruption.  

Clark also declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s dual war on corruption and terror while receiving members of the Think Nigeria First Initiative (TNFI) in Abuja.

According to a report by TheCable, Clark said that “Jonathan didn’t have the political will to fight corruption. He’s too much of a gentleman. 

“Drivers of yesterday were living in palatial buildings now under his government. In advanced countries, when you are living above your means, people query you. That’s not so in Nigeria. Former governors and lawmakers are now asking for immunity,” he said.

“Jonathan meant well for this country, but the will power to fight corruption was not there.

 “In an ideal society, when a man who earns 20,000 as his monthly salary and all of a sudden he acquire something that is worth ₦100,000, he should be questioned, but here in Nigeria, immunity has covered those that should be questioned. That is not the kind of country that we want. Being a gentleman is not enough to govern this country.”

Commenting on his support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s dual war on corruption and terror, he said that “The government has the right to investigate, prosecute and jail corrupt people whether they are Ijaw, Hausa, Fulani or Igbo… corruption is a monster that must be fought.

“Politicians are mostly the most corrupt people in Nigeria. That is why every governor wants to become a senator so that he will continue to enjoy immunity from probe and prosecution for corrupt practices.”

He also implored the president to implement the good programmes initiated by the past administration, adding that “it is not everything done by your opponent that is bad. Select the good ones and implement them and ignore the bad ones.”

Regarding quitting the PDP, Clark said: “I no longer belong to any political party. I am no more in PDP and won’t move to APC. As I almost clock my 90th birthday I will rather continue to advocate for better, peaceful and prosperous Nigeria and die gracefully on Nigerian soil.”

While thanking the TNFI for their visit, Clark declared his support and encouraged the initiative to keep thinking Nigeria first, ahead of any personal, ethnic or political sentiment.

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