By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—Worried by what they described as undue interference of Chief Edwin Clark in the politics of Patani Local Government Area, Delta State, past students union leaders, yesterday, appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to ask Clark to hands off from the politics of the area.
The student leaders alleged that “Clark is standing in the way of one of its own, Mr. Elijah Ologe, who is aspiring to head the council, because he is from the minority.”
The students leaders, in a statement by their Public Relations Officer, Mr. Godfrey Regha after their emergency meeting in Asaba, said: “We wonder why Chief Clark will not allow Ologe to be chairman of council whereas he (Clark) was at the forefront of the crusade that brought President Jonathan who is from a minority tribe in Nigeria to rule the country.”
Handing a 48-hours ultimatum to President Jonathan to wade into the matter, they said: “Clark should either return Ologe as Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chairmanship candidate in Patani or be prepared to incur the wrath of the student union leaders.
“Why is Clark, who is supposed to be a father to the entire state and the nation at large, stooping so low to rob Ologe of his God-given mandate for the singular reason that he is a minority?
“We, therefore, call on Mr. President to call Clark to order so that the will of the masses can prevail.”