By Dapo Akinrefon
As stakeholders con-tinue to consult and lobby for more support for the president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of next yearâ€™s presidential election, Ijaw leader and former Information Minister, Chief Edwin Clark, has hailed the commitment of the Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, to the project.
The elder statesman is also gratified that some Emirs and top politicians from the North were supportive of Jonathan’s presidential project. He expressed the conviction that with the growingÂ support, the president would win the race.
He spoke when leaders of the New Nigeria Initiative, the group that is playing a pioneering role in the campaign for the victory of the president at the polls visited him to intimate him of their activities so far.
The Ijaw leader said it was exciting to notice that so many groups and organisations were coming out to spend their time and money to solicit support for the president and noted that what Nigeria needed was selfless men and women who have the interest of the country at heart.
He said it was becoming very glaring that Imoke was not hypocritical in his commitment to the project and specifically commended him for his openness and deliberate effortsÂ towards the success of the project.
There have however been speculations that even though all the south_south governors had met in Port Harcourt to declare their support for the project, some of them were merely deceiving the president because of their interest in the office of vice president.
Among some of those who visited Clark in his Abuja home were the Cross River State commissioner for local governments, Mr Edem Ekong who is also the south-south coordinator of the NNI. Deputy National Chairman of the organisation, Alhaji Saidu Musa who led the delegation thanked Clark for his fatherly role in the peaceful co-existence of the people of the country and for his efforts in reaching out to all stakeholders for the election of the president in 2011.