•Says: I’ll not endorse anybody
The country home of Chief E. k Clark, Kiagbado, Burutu Local Government Area, was set agog recently, when Mr Anthony Chuks Obuh was a guest to officially inform the respected politician of his intention to succeed Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan as the Governor of Delta State.
Elder Statesman, Chief E.K Clark, in his response said he would not endorse any governorship aspirant in Delta State, describing all the aspirants as his children.
Clark said; “I told the governor that the era of imposition is gone; the era of endorsement is gone; let us do it in such a way that at the end of your office, if you want something else, you can be sure of my support and you will be the first civilian governor that we will give a farewell party and you will leave gloriously.
The former Federal Commissioner of Information said the “excitable citation of Mr Obuh on my role in government especially on income tax reforms in 1972 has shown that he is a man with great experience. I don’t know where he was in 1972, but this is the best citation ever said about me. What you said today is far more than necessary to give me awards.”
He said he had strong attachments with Agbor people notably, Late Vincent Egbarin, Sir Fortune Ebie, Late Dr. G.O. Orewa and Dr. Cairo Ojougboh.
“I am close to your people. The father of your Agbor monarch was my friend and the present Dein is close to me. I am happy the Queen Mother is here. Dr. Cairo Ojougboh is my son and I am happy to accept you as my son. This house is yours. Feel free to come here anytime.”
Chief Clark while noting that he was not going to unilaterally endorse any aspirant stressed his preference for a governor who has no handbag that would drag the state backwards.
Earlier, Mr. Obuh in his speech amidst periodic spontaneous applause due to his indepth knowledge of the intricacies of governance said his decision to contest the governorship position was not borne out of ethnic consideration.
“I am here to tell you who is Tony Obuh. I have served about 32 years in the state Civil Service as a university graduate. I have occupied various positions including eight years as a Permanent Secretary. My governorship project is not propelled by any individual but a product of a well-thought out consideration.