by Dare Lawal
“I repeat, there will be no crises, if President Jonathan is defeated at the presidential election in 2015.”
Those are not the kind of statements one expects to read from Chief Edwin Clark, the man who, if he was just a few decades younger could have given Doyin Okupe a good run for his money on who deserves the title of “Chief Aso Rock attack dog.”
Since Goodluck Jonathan became Nigeria’s president, Edwin Clark has been his defender-in-chief, at times threatening “fire and brimstone” if the president is not allowed to have his way.
But in an open letter addressed to the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, the Delta politician said:
“I repeat, there will be no crises, if President Jonathan is defeated at the presidential election in 2015, but he has a right to contest the election if he so wishes.
“For him to win, he has to implement some of the democratic dividends he promised Nigerians and he has gone far in accomplishing same in some areas, such as stepping up power output to 10,000 MW by 2014, rebuilding external reserves to $45 billion, increased crude oil and gas revenue, massive rehabilitation of roads and general improvement in education, among others.
“With these achievements, President Jonathan is qualified to contest, and if he does, he is sure to win again. He has been able to achieve all these despite the promises by his political detractors to make the country ungovernable for him.”
Clark also expressed displeasure over what he considered selective investigation by the House. While he agreed that the chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Mr. Kingsley Kuku and former militant leader, Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari need to be called out if they indeed made the inflammatory statements credited to them in recent days, he argued that the House seemed to be “one-sided and discriminatory because the House had not condemned similar provocative, seditious and more inflammatory statements made by some Nigerian leaders, especially Northerners, more so, when the incitement arising from such statements are causing serious security problems in Nigeria today.
“We need peace in Nigeria and must support only a democratically elected government. You all know the stand of President Jonathan. For the first time in the history of Nigeria, presidential, National Assembly and gubernatorial elections were conducted in a free and fair atmosphere.
“President Jonathan said that no one should be killed for him in the name of elections. He believes in one man, one vote and Nigerians, reacting to his genuineness, sincerity and honesty of purpose, turned out massively to vote for him in 2011,” he said.