IBB, Clark root support for Peter Obi hours after OBJ’s endorsement

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Barely 48 hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo endorsed the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi for the presidency, two elder statesmen, Former military head of state, Ibrahim Gbadamosi Babangida and recognised leader of the Niger Delta region, Edwin Clark, have both thrown their weight behind Obi.
In a late Monday night tweet, Babangida says he holds Obasanjo in high esteem.
He said: Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo will forever be a true elder statesman and a boss in the military. No serving General in the Nigerian Army today joined the military earlier than 1982. By then, Obasanjo had already finished his military career. I respect him a lot, with his endorsement.”
Addressing a press conference at his Abuja residence on Tuesday, Chief Clark, a former Minister of Information, said Obi is the best candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Clark, who is the leader of PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) also asked members of the forum and other stakeholders in the South-South to vote for Obi in the election, saying his vision for the Niger Delta region and commitment to good governance was the reason behind the endorsement.
He said, “His vision for more equity and justice as it pertains to the South-South region, which in the past sixty years has produced much of the revenue for the national economy, but has been neglected with little impact in terms of infrastructure and social development, is convincing and commendable.
“Peter Obi’s commitment to environmental justice to the clean up of the Niger Delta polluted communities is most welcomed, given that even the ongoing Ogoni clean-up has been rather slow.
“His commitment to the inclusion of qualified persons from the Niger Delta in the national governance process in the future government if elected into power is very reassuring.

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“And that, H.E. Peter Obi’s unwavering commitment to reactivation of our ports, development of Blue Economy and Maritime Sector, and investment in the Gas sector, developing of Modular refineries, are worthy of note.
“I formally hereby announce that I will, therefore, personally, vote for HE Peter Obi and his Vice presidential candidate on election day, 25th Feb 2023, as President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I have also requested the leadership of PANDEF, as a democratic institution and all other socio-cultural and socio-political bodies which I head to consult with their members at the levels of the states, local governments, and diaspora to take further steps in supporting my choice of H.E Peter Obi.”