Clark dumps PDP, says Jonathan is weak
A former Federal Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin
Clark, has hailed the anti-corruption crusade of President
Muhammadu Buhari and knocked former President
Goodluck Jonathan for lacking the political will to fight
Clark, who said it was wrong for anyone to accuse
President Buhari of fighting a selective war in his drive to
return sanity into the polity, also declared that he had
formally left the Peoples Democratic Party.
Clark called on Nigerians not to distract the President from
achieving his goal, just as he appealed to the President to
remain focused in his determination to rid the country of
Think Nigeria First Initiative, paid him a courtesy call in his
He said, “Jonathan didn’t have the political will to fight
corruption. He’s a gentleman. Drivers of yesterday are
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, lawmakers are now asking for immunity.”
Clark, who was a staunch supporter of former President
Jonathan, however, said he had quit the PDP. But he said he
would not join the governing party, the All Progressives
APC either, but I will continue to talk as an elder statesman
and leader of this country. I have left politics.
“If anyone comes to me to say he’s running for any elective
position in the PDP or the APC, I won’t support you. I’m not
a member of the PDP anymore.”
It was however not clear if Clark quit the party because of
the defeat suffered by Jonathan during the last presidential
It will be recalled that President Buhari, who was the
candidate of the APC, defeated Jonathan, who was the PDP
candidate during the election.
Clark also accused former President Olusegun Obasanjo of
institutionalising corruption in the country.
He had also said that he and other supporters of former
President Jonathan were worried because of the outcome of
the last presidential election. He, however, added that there
was nothing they could do since the former President had
He said, “Some of us were worried when Jonathan
conceded defeat. We were worried. If a man who contested
election conceded defeat, who are you to say no?
“Elections had been held, winners had emerged and losers
had agreed, what next? Buhari is now my President and the
President of Nigeria.
“We should all try and support him, particularly in his
determination to eradicate corruption in Nigeria. For eight
years Obasanjo legalised corruption.
“Yet, he’s the one talking about corruption today. Nobody
should distract Buhari from fighting corruption. People
should stop talking about sectional or selective justice.”
Clark said those who ruled the country before Buhari, like
the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and Jonathan didn’t
have the political will to fight corruption.
He specifically accused Yar’Adua of being a friend to the
jailed former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori.
Clark said, “Yar’Adua became friend with Ibori, who is very
corrupt and because of this, he could not fight corruption.”
In his reaction to Clark’s dumping of the PDP, the National
Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the
party would want to wish the elder statesman well.
“He is a man we respect so much. If he’s leaving our party
and wants to retire from politics, we wish him well,” Metuh