Any Position Other Than President is Unacceptable to the South-South––Edwin Clark
South-South leaders on Thursday led by the ex-Federal Commissioner, Chief Edwin Clark, met to discuss the ongoing fight between President Goodluck Jonathan and Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi with the aim of reconciling them but end up creating more troubles…
The meeting which held in Abuja at the instance of Clark, had two issues on the front-burner, the mid-term performance report of the President and the lingering crisis from the fall-out of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) elections which has pitted the two South-South sons against each other.
Clarke, in his remarks at the meeting, emphatically declared that South South is not interested in any political office lower than the Office of the President, which Jonathan currently occupies.
He noted with dismay Amaechi’s undying crave to be the chairman of the governors forum which according to him is premised on the Rivers governor’s ambition to use it as a platform to become the vice president in 2015. He said Amaechi’s ambition with be resisted at all cost.
Clarke said Amaechi had threatened to hand over to Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano who according to the elder statesman, does not like the South South zone.
“Here lies my worry”, he said. “If reports that Governor Rotimi Chubuike Ameachi’s undying craze to be the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum is premised on his ambition to use it as a platform to serve; is it the interest of the people of the South-South or his personal interest?”
Clark further warned that “If he [Amaechi] must contest in deference to his constitutional right, let him contest for the office of the president because the South/South of today is not interested in any other office than the President.”
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