The PDP Ex- Councillors Forum of Nigeria is a socio-political movement made up of all the former councillors in Nigeria elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party since inception.
Earlier in the week, the group led by her National President, Hon Achor Sunny paid a courtesy call on Elder statesman and Convener of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) Chief Edwin K. Clark at his Asokoro residence, Abuja.
Welcoming the group, Chief Clark gave reasons why the people of the Niger Delta region will vote the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He said amongst other reasons, Atiku Abubakar will be voted because of his promise to restructure the country.
The elder statesman also took a swipe on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over the violence, insecurity and killings in the country. Clark said the insecurity in the country presently was worse than the Civil War era in 1967.
“We from the South-South will never vote for any candidate who does not believe in the restructuring of Nigeria. That is the secret behind Atiku’s success. When you restructure this country, we will all be equal and develop ourselves with the resources from our area at our pace.
“The killings in this country are too many. This is an everyday phenomenon. The Boko Haram menace is there, and there are people who are encouraging them.
“You also have the AK-47-carrying herdsmen; people are still being killed in Plateau and Benue states. The killings going on in Nigeria today are more than the killings that took place during the Civil War between 1967 and 1970.
“Every government is elected to provide security and welfare to the people. But this is not what we have presently.
“You are fighting corruption. Which corruption? Which corruption when only your enemies are being arrested? This country belongs to all of us. No one has the right to rule it alone.
“We want a detribalised President. We have come to a stage where we should have someone who is competent and respects every tribe and region.
“We made so many mistakes in 2015. PDP alone had about 12 presidential aspirants in the recent convention. We at the Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt Forum decided to interview the aspirants.
“Most of them were former state governors, ministers and senators. We sat with them in this house every day at that time. At the end, we knew the person to consider and we took the battle to Port Harcourt (Rivers State).”
Hon. Achor expressed appreciation to the foremost elderstatesman for his wealth of knowledge, patriotism and continuous contributions to the growth, peace and stability of the nation.
The high point of the August visit is the presentation of a prestigious award of statesmanship and excellent recognition to the foremost nationalist for his immense believe in a united and indivisible Nigeria.
Present at the occasion visit were former military administrator of Akwa -Ibom State, Air Commodore Idongesit Nkanga (RTD), former Senate Whip Senator Stella Omu and other notable members of PANDEF drawn across Nigeria.
Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark is a Nigerian politician from Delta State is the grand patron of the PDP Ex-Councillors Forum of Nigeria (PCFN). He worked with the administrations of Military Governor Samuel Ogbemudia and Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon between 1966 and 1975. In 1966, he was a member of an advisory committee to the Military Governor of the Mid-Western State, David Ejoor and was appointed Federal Commissioner of Information in 1975.
Clark was an unofficial advisor to President Goodluck Jonathan. He is a philanthropist who founded the Edwin Clark Foundation and established a university in his hometown.