Elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark has endorsed Mr. Peter Obi’s bid to become Nigeria’s President in 2023.
Chief Clark made his views known during a news briefing on Tuesday in Abuja.
The senior statesman predicated his support for Mr. Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, on qualities he thinks are essential for governing a nation.
He gave examples of transparency, honesty, and trust, all of which he claimed Mr. Obi exhibited while serving as governor of Anambra State.
If elected president, Chief Clark urged Mr. Obi to address the injustices and environmental devastation in the Niger Delta.
The support of the Ijaw leader is Mr. Obi’s second well-known endorsement in the last three days.
Obi Is My Mentee — Obasanjo
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, supported Mr. Obi for president on Sunday.
The former President claimed that Mr. Obi had an advantage over all of the other contenders in a New Year’s greeting that he personally signed.
He said, “None of the contestants is a saint but when one compares their character, antecedent, their understanding, knowledge, discipline, and vitality that they can bring to bear and the great efforts required to stay focused on the job, particularly looking at where the country is today and with the experience on the job that I personally had, Peter Obi as a mentee has an edge.
“Others, like all of us, have what they can collectively contribute to the new dispensation to liberation, restoration, and salvaging of Nigeria.
“One other important point to make about Peter is that he is a needle with thread attached to it from North and South and he may not get lost.”
Other presidential candidates and their parties have sharply criticized Chief Obasanjo’s endorsement, with the APC and the PDP accusing him and attempting to downplay the former President’s political clout.