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APC lashes Clark over dissolution comments

06 June 2014, 14:15

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted Niger Delta Elder State statesman, Edwin Clark, for urging President Goodluck Jonathan to dissolve the leadership of the three states under emergency rule.

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States are under emergency rule following the deadly activities of the Boko Haram sect.

APC's Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said that apart from pushing the President to commit an unconstitutional act, Clark was also working to help the People’s Democratic Party to devise an undemocratic way to win elections in 2015 by forcefully overthrowing elected officials in the state.

It said Clark's “outburst” against the Attorney-General of the Federation for "misadvising” Jonathan on the declaration of emergency in the three states was not aimed at “clipping the wings of the insurgents but simply to give an unfair advantage to a party that has given the chief juicy patronage, so that his gravy train will not derail.”

APC said contrary to insinuations by the Federal Government, the three state governments had given the troops deployed to their states unprecedented support both in cash and kind, without which the war on terror there may have been harder to fight.

“'The Borno State government, for example, has provided equipment and logistics worth 10 billion Naira to the military, and this includes the provision of Armoured Personnel Carriers, 400 brand new patrol vehicles, regular fuelling, provision of accommodation for soldiers and cash as immediate palliatives to families of slain soldiers, training, kitting and payment of stipends to civilian volunteers and robust intelligence support for the military using residents, hunters, vigilantes and the traditional institutions. 'It therefore baffles any informed observer how this massive support could have hindered the fight against Boko Haram, as Chief Clark insinuated in his unnecessary diatribe, which he made with his usual flair,” the party said.

The party thus raised a number of questions.

“Will the removal of the elected officials in the three states improve security in the states and immediately end the insurgency? Will it make the army better equipped? Will it provide better intelligence? Will it scare Boko Haram away? Will it increase the number of troops? Will it improve military logistics and planning? Will it inspire the people or build their confidence and sense of security? Will it translate to a better trained and nimble military force?”

The opposition party said it was the same mindset as Clark's that had largely stifled the Jonathan administration's efforts to decisively tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.

“Removing the Governors of the three states under a state of emergency and replacing them with PDP members or those with sympathy for the party, as the Clarks of this world are advocating, cannot be the panacea to the terrorist activities of Boko Haram. It can only give the ruling party an unfair electoral advantage and further worsen the anti-terror fight.

'We therefore reject this satanic postulation and again reiterate our stand that Boko Haram is an enemy of Nigeria, of Christians and Muslims, Northerners and Southerners, the rich and the poor, the elite and the ordinary citizens, hence we must all forge a common national front against the bandits rather than engage in divisive and partisan tactics.”

– CAJ News

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