The leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark, has told the Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), that they cannot determine when the South East region will produce Nigeria’s President.
The elder statesman said that when the time comes for an Igboman to produce the President of the country, nobody can stop them.
He spoke with journalists in Abuja at the weekend after he paid a condolence visit to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State over the death of his mother, Ma Goldcoast Dickson
Clark noted that giving the people of the region a condition that their presidency in 2023 could only be guaranteed and achieved if they vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 must be condemned.
The PANDEF leader was reacting to a statement credited to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha that the South-East endorsement of Buhari’s re-election will secure their presidency in 2023.
Clark said that what was required in Nigeria at the moment and years to come was good governance.
According to Clark, “That is a very unusual statement. Is it a threat or an appeal?
“Nigerians will always vote for the candidates they believe in, candidates that will rule Nigeria without any trouble, without religious fanaticism, someone who doesn’t believe in ethnicity, somebody competent enough, healthy enough to rule Nigeria .
“This is the greatest country in Africa; by the way, the Igbo are in the South-East, they are part of this country from the First Republic.
“No one has put them aside; so when the time comes for the Igbo to be the President of Nigeria, nobody will dispute to it or stop them.”