Edwin Clarke Dumps PDP, Says Jonathan Lacked The Will To Fight Corruption
National leader of the Ijaw nation and Kinsman of former President Goodluck, Cheif Edwin Clarke has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former made this known during a meeting with the Think Nigeria Initiative in Abuja.
He however, revealed that his decision to quit the PDP is not for him to join the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Clark declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s dual war on corruption and terror and described former President Goodluck Jonathan as a weak leader.
“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 willpower to fight corruption was not there.”
“In an ideal society, when a man earns 20,000 as his monthly salary and all of a sudden he acquires something that is worth N100,000, 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.”
On corruption, Clark declared: “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.”