By Angela Atabo, Abuja.
Elder statesman and Ijaw Leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has endorsed Mr Peter Obi of the Labout Party (LP) as his preferred candidate for Feb. 25 presidential poll.
Clark, who announced the endorsement at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday, said that Nigeria needed a leader who was transparent and well-educated, adding that Obi fitted into that description.
“Given Obi’s sound educational background, distinguished antecedent in professional life and track record as one of the most outstanding governors Nigeria has ever produced, Obi is eminently qualified to lead this country as President,” he said.
Clark said that the vision statement shared by the LP presidential candidate at a recent meeting with the National Leadership of Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), as it related to making Nigeria more productive, was commendable.
“That his restated commitment to restructuring and devolution of power will promote harmony, peaceful coexistence among states and constituent parts of the country is commendable,” he said.
He also described Obi and his running mate Sen. Datti Baba-Ahmad, as a phenomenal team, if elected.
Clark, who is also the leader of PANDEF, equally requested the leadership of the forum to consult with their members at states, local governments and Diaspora levels to take further steps in supporting Obi.
“I also call on all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic, religious and even political backgrounds, to vote Obi without hesitation, as he is our best hope of a new Nigeria of peace, stability and progress,” he said.
Recall that former President Olusegun Obasanjo had also endorsed Obi for the 2023 presidential election.