Clark Says Ribadu Has Of No Electoral Value


… Tells Muazu Not To Approve Waiver
BEVERLY HILLS, August 28, (THEWILL) - Chief Edwin Clark, a former Minister and foremost leader of the Ijaws in Nigeria Thursday said Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has no electoral value and so the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should not grant him a waiver to enable him seek the party's governorship ticket for the Adamawa State governorship election.

In a letter he addressed to the National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Adamu Muazu, which he read to journalists in his Abuja residence, Clark described Ribadu as a 'paperweight politician from Adamawa' who could not even win election at the polling booth where his family home is located.

Clark said: 'What, really, is our party receiving so joyfully? What is the political value of this emerging treachery, the well-established bone-marrow trademark of the man, Ribadu?

'How can we so brazenly break our own rules to destabilize our party, if not in a dangerous palace coup in the interests of high-level element within and beyond the party for reasons best known to them? What is this man bringing into the party? His antecedents are many; alas, not clean.

'My respected, chairman, is this the paperweight politician from Adamawa state, a state which gave the president the highest number of votes, behind Taraba, that is being celebrated as a viable candidate to fly the party's flag in 2015?

'In 2011 election, Ribadu ran for President on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, lost at his family home polling booth, and also his ward, scored a mere 32 votes in Yola, and 32,786 total in Adamawa, against Gen. Muhammadu Buhari's 344,526 and President Goodluck Jonathan's 508,314.'

'A Presidential candidate turned governorship aspirant, being celebrated? And you are from that zone, and should know much more than I do. Why do we seem so unmindful of the collateral damage this abnormal development, its timing and all, would cause the party, in terms of loss of enthusiasm and indeed, membership in massive numbers?

'Has something gone into our eyes and brains, or we are all locked in voodoo charms of some fifth-columnists working out some wicked, unpatriotic, subterranean agenda, in league without opponents, to undercut the President, the party and nation?… '