Quit as VP, Clark tells Okowa

An elder statesman, Edwin Clark, has asked Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to resign as the Peoples Democratic Party’s Vice Presidential candidate (PDP).

Clark also asked Okowa to openly apologize to his colleagues in the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC) whom he allegedly deceived in making a decision after it was agreed that no southern serving governor, legislator, or politician should accept to be Atiku Abubakar’s running mate.

He said 17 southern governors met at the Government House Asaba on May 11, 2021 and agreed that none of them should offer to be running mate to the PDP presidential candidate.

The southern governor’s first meeting now popularly known as ‘The Asaba Accord’ was hosted by Okowa.

It was followed up with another meeting in Lagos known as the famous ‘Lagos Declaration’ where they unanimously agreed that Nigeria’s next president should be from the southern part of the country.

The southern governors specifically wanted all the major political parties to field politicians from the south as their presidential candidates.

However, while the ruling APC fielded a southerner, Bola Tinubu, the main opposition PDP threw its primary open and eventually came out with Atiku Abubakar, another northerner as its presidential candidate.

The former Vice President subsequently nominated Okowa as his running mate for the February 25 election.

 

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