Elder statesman and prominent leader of the South-South, Chief Edwin Clark, on Monday, condemned the disqualification of the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obasek, by the Prof. Ayuba Jonathan-led All Progressives Congress Edo Governorship Primary Screening Committee.
He said, to give Obaseki the same treatment given to ex-Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, would be “horrendous.”
The elder statesman expressed regret that the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has been allowed by his party leaders, including the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), “and my respected Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to perpetuate the happenings in Edo State.”
The former Federal Commissioner for Information said this in a statement titled: “Edo State APC crisis: No individual is bigger than Nigeria”, issued in Warri but obtained by The PUNCH in Abuja.
Clark said, “If the leadership of the APC, including Mr President, fails to intervene in this unfortunate crisis in Edo State, I would appeal to the opposition, PDP to take advantage of the situation. I repeat, PDP, should take advantage of this unfortunate crisis in the APC, to adopt the incumbent Governor Godwin Obaseki as their candidate.
“It is a golden opportunity for the PDP to take over Edo State because Governor Obaseki has, so far, done well. I want to believe that he will continue the good work if given a second chance. I also appeal to the people of Edo all over the world to support him to achieve his second term bid, and to PDP aspirants to also sink their interest for now in the overall interest of their Edo State.”
The statement added, “I condemn, in the strongest terms, the disqualification of the incumbent Governor of Edo State, by the APC screening committee under the leadership of a Professor Ayuba Jonathan, over alleged inconsistencies in the Governor’s academic credentials.
“I am indeed, very disappointed and embarrassed that professors, noted for rationality, judiciousness and erudition, should now be allowing themselves to be used by people, who, educationally, are not their peers.
What the Prof. Ayuba Jonathan-led APC screening committee did is a shame to the academic world, not listening or accepting the statement from the Registrar of the University of Ibadan, the country’s premier university, instead, it resorted to adopting pettiness and irregularities to achieve a predetermined outcome.
“The subsequent upholding of that illegitimate decision by the APC Appeal Committee is yet another action that leaves a sour taste in the mouth. These developments are very unfortunate, irresponsible, reckless, and appalling.”