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Published On: Sun, Oct 26th, 2014

2015: Clark Explains Why Jonathan Must Contest, Calls for Jega’s Resignation

Chief E.K. Clark casting his vote at Kiagbodo during Delta State local government council election yesterday....

LAGOS OCTOBER 25TH (URHOBOTODAY)-As the 2015 general approaches, National Leader, Chief (Dr) Edwin Clark has thrown more light on why President Goodluck Jonathan is qualified to contest for the office of President of Nigeria for second term in 2015, just as he called on Chairman of Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) Professor Atahiru Jega to resign his appointment as INEC Boss over the controversy surrounding the creation and lopsided allocation of new 30,000 polling units in the country.

Chief Edwin Clark (Centre with hat) waiting to cast his vote at Kiagbodo during Delta state LGA election

Clark who gave detailed explanation on the reason why Jonathan must contest for second while fielding questions from group of journalist at his country home in Kiagbodo, Delta State, where he had gone to cast his vote for the Delta State local government council election yesterday argued that Jonathan is very qualified to contest for second term in accordance to Nigeria constitution stressing that, “Section 137 of Nigerian constitution says that for a man to be disqualified you must have contested two election for eight years you have been in office.” But, according to him, Jonathan had contested for the office of the Presidency only once.
Throwing more light on why Jonathan is qualified to contest for second term, the Octogenarian explained, “It would be recalled that after the demise of Late President Musa Yar’Adua, Jonathan was sworn in. That swearing in has nothing to do with the normal swearing in after an election. This was a case of emergency. That is why a Vice President usually contests an election along with a President so that if you lose one tyre, the second will come in. That period is not counted in the constitution. This is what happened in America.
“It is not true to say Jonathan contested an election with Yar’Adua and when he contested 2011 he had completed his two terms. If we are following America constitution which we are copying, we see that Algore served as Vice President with Bill Clinton and after their administration ended, he wanted to contest on his own and he lost the election to George Bush. That was what happened. In Nigeria, people want to do things which will create problem for the country. “
Clark who said he had told Northern leaders that four years not enough for Jonathan to accomplish his programme recalled that the Northerners have been ruling this country for over forty years and nobody is worried.
“ Are we second class citizen in this country? No. Everybody is equal. Whatever they are doing they will not succeed. God is behind Jonathan. He will succeed in 2015,” Clark affirmed, just as he lambasted Mohammadu Buhari, Ango Abdullahi, Isa Kaita and other Northern leaders who opposed to Jonathan’s second term ambition, adding that there is nothing the President will do to please Northern leaders because they look at the office of the Presidency as their birth right.
Calling for the resignation of INEC Chairman, Professor Atahiru Jega over the creation of lopsided 30,000 polling units of which 8,000 polling units were allocated to the whole South, while North had 22,000 polling units, Clark opined that Jega’s action is not only a security risk but it would cause more problem for the country.
Hear him, “The new polling units created by Jega are not only a security risk, it will cause problem in this country. A situation whereby you are creating 30,000 new polling units and you gave about 22,000 to the North and only eight to the South, on no basis, such a thing is dangerous. That is why we asked Jega to resign. I wrote him a letter on the issue but he carry on. So there is a secret agenda. I know most of the Northern leaders are not in support of what he is doing. If you are doing something of which the people no longer trust you, you should find your way out. He is a political scientist. He was a Vice Chancellor of a university. He should go.”

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