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Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by EcoBrick: 12:59pm On Feb 02
• Says north has ruled 45 of Nigeria's 61 years

By Leon Usigbe - Abuja On Feb 2, 2022

Leader of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), Chief Edwin Clark, has reminded former vice president Atiku Abubakar, Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of the roles they played to prevent the re-election of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, for allegedly violating zoning principle in 2015, advising them not to run for the 2023 ticket in the interest of national unity.

In a statement he made available to the media in Abuja, on Tuesday, the elder statesman told them that after the eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari, no northerner should be seeking to be president, noting that the region has already ruled Nigeria for 45 out of its 61 years as a nation in both civilian and military dispensations.


He said the three prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other northern politicians who are contemplating contesting the 2023 presidential election should abandon their plans, saying that to continue with ambitions is to invite chaos.

Clark noted: “Firstly, I wish to use this medium to advise my most respected Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftains in the persons of former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto State, and other PDP aspirants from the north, that in the interest of maintaining the unity of this country to which they have contributed so much, to re-consider their desire of wanting to contest for the Presidential election in 2023, because both by the PDP Constitution and by convention, it is now the turn of Southern Nigeria to produce the President of Nigeria, in 2023, after President Muhammadu Buhari’s eight years.

“To do otherwise is to invite chaos, which will lead to the disintegration of our dear country.”


Going into history, the foremost Ijaw nationalist recalled that Nigeria had practised zoning since the pre-independence era, which saw political posts shared among the regions.

He explained: “Zoning has been practised in the nation’s policy even before Independence, when Tafawa Balewa, in 1954, was the Prime Minister, Nnamdi Azikiwe was the Governor-General. Zoning of political offices, particularly the Presidency of the country, is the best antidote to the breakup of Nigeria, and the panacea for peace and unity of the country.

“One of the reasons why the north opposed Chief Anthony Enahoro’s motion for independence in 1953, was that they felt they were not equal to the South in education; that they were not in a position to produce proportional candidates who will run an independent government with the south because, at that time, they had only about 4 graduates. They subsequently walked out of the Parliament, went back to the north, and swore never to return to Lagos again. That was what led to the Constitutional Conferences held both at the Lancaster House in London and at Ibadan, Nigeria, purposely to keep Nigeria one. The impression was that no one group or section of the country should dominate the government of Nigeria at the expense of other parts of the country.”

Clark pointed out that as a result of zoning consideration, northerners did not want Jonathan to contest the 2011 election even though it was within his constitutional right to do so.

He explained: “Because of this zoning consideration, northerners did not want him to continue and contest the election in 2011. They objected to his appointment as Acting President of the country. I remember, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, the father of Dr. (Sheikh) Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, came to my house and pleaded with me to ask Dr Jonathan to step down for a northerner because it was the turn of the north. That Dr Jonathan should, in fact, be a Vice President to another northerner who should take the place of Dr Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and that when the north had finished, then Dr Jonathan could come back and become the President of the country.

“My response to him was that that will be against the Constitution of Nigeria, which provides that when the Office of the President becomes vacant either by death, or by illness, or any other occurrence, the Vice President shall take over, under Section 15 of the Nigerian Constitution.

“The opposition against Dr Jonathan was from various quarters; Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Dr Bukola Saraki were major parts of that opposition, which was carried through the 2015 Presidential elections.

“Though it was his constitutional right to re-contest in 2015, to complete the eight years, as provided by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Dr Jonathan’s succeeding late Dr Yar’Adua, did not obliterate his right to seek a second term.”

Clark added: “Nevertheless, the northerners still felt Dr Jonathan should not contest the 2015 election because it was their turn. Hence most of the northerner leaders, including Governors and politicians from the PDP decided to support  Muhammadu Buhari and even contributed funds to his campaign, including the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Dr Bukola Saraki.

“Most PDP leaders, from the north, who collected campaign money from the party did not use the money for the purpose. There were only a few exceptions among the northern leaders of the PDP. That was why I said that it was ‘PDP that defeated PDP in the 2015 Presidential election.”

The SMBLF leader also observed that both the PDP and the APC have been applying the north-south zoning principle, stating: “It is instructive that the nation’s two main parties, the APC and the PDP, have been religiously, following the zoning and rotation system between the north and the south.

“By 2023, the north would have ruled for another eight years. It is, therefore, rational and right, to insist that the Presidency should rotate to the south. It does not matter whether the presidency has been produced from the APC or the PDP since 2015.

“To which sub-region the presidency should be further zoned to in the south, is a different matter entirely. At the appropriate time, we will decide as to which area, section or region of the three regions of South-East, South-South and South-West, should have it.

“It must be understood that the north has had the Presidency for about 45 years of our nation’s history as an independent country.”

While listing the former Nigerian leaders and the period they spent in office, Clark stated: “As I have said earlier, I have observed with dismay, that some of my respected friends, especially, the former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and the distinguished former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who opposed former President Goodluck Jonathan for contesting the Presidential elections because they felt it was the turn of the North, are now wanting to contest for the presidency under the PDP in 2023.

“They are already campaigning through the length and breadth of the country, even after a northerner will be having a straight 8 years, come May 2023. Is it no longer not a negation of the ‘zoning agreement,’ for which former President Goodluck Jonathan was castigated? Is it no longer threatening the unity and survival of the country? As the intention of these and others who may follow will be going against the zoning system of the PDP. It may even be the deciding factor for the PDP, whether to be or not to be.”

“The recent resolution by the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum that the presidency should be zoned to the south and that those who refuse to heed to our plea/decision, should not count on our support, is wholly supported by me, as the leader.”

He further said: “The former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, under the zoning arrangement, contested the PDP Presidential Primaries in 2019, with other northern presidential aspirants, like the former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, the Governor of Sokoto State, former Senate President David Mark, former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, former Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, former Governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makafi, former Governor of Gombe State, Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, former Minister of Special Duties, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN and Sen. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed.

“There was no single southern candidate that contested with them. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar won overwhelmingly with about 3000 votes. We all supported him. Unfortunately, he lost in the general election. All that is now history.

“The issue of 2nd term for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar does not arise, because he did not win the presidential election in 2019. He is, therefore, not entitled for a second term, which is only meant for a sitting president serving the first tenure. As a result, power has to return to the south. The same also applies to my respected former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

“However, I am very happy to note that there are still some patriotic Nigerians from the North, who believe in the unity of Nigeria and are advocating for the return of power to the South in 2023. Among these patriotic Nigerians from the north are Governors Babagana Zulum of Borno State, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State, Babangida Aliyu, former Governor of Niger State, and my life long friend, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, who is now 96 years old, while I am 94 years old. We both have seen it all in Nigerian politics.”
https://tribuneonlineng.com/clark-to-atiku-saraki-tambuwal-dont-run/

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by drmuchin: 1:01pm On Feb 02
Equity

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Phock2sweet: 1:08pm On Feb 02
Who are you this Clark?

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by tutudesz: 1:08pm On Feb 02
Buhari won because of Atiku, Tambuwal and Saraki and now they want to form innocent undecided
If they had there way, they would still be APC members

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by osuofia2(m): 1:08pm On Feb 02
Clark calm down . Atiku is the man for 2023. His time has come

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Chijeep(m): 1:08pm On Feb 02
Should we be surprised?

This is a great advice... though many are qualified but options are limited.
A word is enough for the wise

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by flemsy15(m): 1:09pm On Feb 02
They believe they've got the population needed to remain in power forever. And the South on the other hand are not even United.

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by money121(m): 1:09pm On Feb 02
Ok
Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Bounceboune7: 1:09pm On Feb 02
Everyone is saying power comes to the south but some southerners are insisting power goes to the north cos they know fully well that if it comes to the south they don't stand a chance cos they have created more enemies for themselves

As u lay your bed so u lie on it

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by simplemach(m): 1:10pm On Feb 02
Noooooo, all of them should run, people wen dey contest need to pass voters.

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by GeneralOjukwu: 1:10pm On Feb 02
grin

Them go answer you?

Only chance of South ruling is through South West.

South South can WAIT a bit. We would take care of them.

South East can WAIL for long. We don't care.


PS - I sabi find trouble.... me sef I know grin

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by iyatrustee(f): 1:11pm On Feb 02
This Clark sef! Didn't we read recently that he will support the candidacy of Saraki if no one from the south contest?

Pale dey talk with two sides of his mouth cheesy

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Maxymilliano(m): 1:12pm On Feb 02
Be like say Pa Edwin Clark dey confuse

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by tutudesz: 1:12pm On Feb 02
osuofia2:
Clark calm down . Atiku is the man for 2023. His time has come

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Wasky101: 1:12pm On Feb 02
Clark stay one place nah

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Abisolababe(f): 1:12pm On Feb 02
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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by drmuchin: 1:12pm On Feb 02
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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Salvador1: 1:12pm On Feb 02
Same man who said he will support saraki if he clinch the PDP ticket.
Clark should stop controlling South West emotions.

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by merits(m): 1:12pm On Feb 02
grin clark wetin concern you? if dey want to contest.you dont' want us to chop from their looted money.
Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Nobody: 1:13pm On Feb 02
Atiku

Saraki

Anyim

Tambuwal

Wike





Ogbonnaya Onu

Rotimi Amaechi

Umahi

Chris Ngige

Osinbajo

Tinubu

Okorocha


In that order for me.

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Optimistguy1969: 1:13pm On Feb 02
70 YEARS OLD MANNNNNNNNN Men
Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Sinnmat: 1:13pm On Feb 02
Osinbajo for 2023

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by kenzysmith(m): 1:15pm On Feb 02
Clark is right in a sane country East and south should be getting the APC n PDP ticket and molust dey pick northern VP shey na north get Nigeria ni

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Lordave: 1:15pm On Feb 02
Ok


Where are those idiots claiming Ijaw that have been telling us how SS and Ijaw people will support a Northerner over a Southerner come 2023?

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Re: Clark Tells Atiku, Saraki, Tambuwal Not To Run For Presidency by Balkan(m): 1:15pm On Feb 02
If Atiku and the North are being stopped, then the same thing applies to the West (Yorubas). If Yoruba comes out, we will support a northern candidate.

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