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Edwin Clark reveals why Ijaw people support Wike’s ambition in 2015

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In a recent open letter, South-South Leader Edwin Clark disclosed that former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, pleaded with the Ijaw community and other stakeholders in 2015 to support Nyesom Wike’s gubernatorial bid in Rivers State, despite it being the Ijaw people’s turn to govern.

Clark emphasized that the Ijaw community, including himself, played a pivotal role in elevating Wike to his current political status.

Clark noted that as former Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s tenure ended in 2015, the Rivers Ijaw community strongly believed it was their turn to lead.

Under the guidance of Alabo Tonye Douglas, a four-time Minister, the Ijaw leaders presented numerous qualified candidates for the governorship, insisting on the fairness of their claim.

The letter, dated June 9, 2024, and addressed to George Sekibo, cautioned against overstating Wike’s role in Rivers politics concerning the Ijaws.

Clark noted that Jonathan’s plea to support Wike was made during an election year in which Jonathan himself was seeking re-election.

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Clark’s letter, also copied to President Bola Tinubu, Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, and Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara, was a response to Sekibo’s recent statements in Yenagoa, Bayelsa.

Sekibo had asserted that the Rivers Ijaw People’s Congress supported Wike, crediting him for his contributions to the Ijaw nation.

Clark expressed shock at the Ijaw community’s decision to support Wike, recalling that Wike’s highest positions before his rise were local government chairman and Chief of Staff to Amaechi.

He mentioned that it was Amaechi who urged Jonathan to appoint Wike as a minister, eventually leading to Wike’s roles in the Ministry of Education.

Clark accused Wike of inconsistency and contradictions, citing his actions during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries and his subsequent decisions to join the All Progressives Congress, a party he had previously criticized.

Clark urged Sekibo and his group to exercise caution in their support for Wike, given his history of fickle-mindedness.

This revelation underscores the complex dynamics within Rivers State politics and the significant influence of the Ijaw community in shaping the region’s leadership.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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