Elder statesman and Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s accounts in the recently unveiled book of ex- President Goodluck Jonathan, “Against the Run of Play,” as hypocritical and a reflection of his (Obasanjo) ill-will against Jonathan and the entire Ijaw nation.
Clark, in an open letter to Obasanjo, took exception to most of the comments credited to the former president by the author of the book, Olusegun Adeniyi, the former Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
The former federal commissioner for information expressed his reservation on the connivance between Obasanjo and Adeniyi, noting the former president’s comments in the book were like a reproduction of the negative things he had written in his own three-part memoir, “Under My Watch.”
Clark, who faulted Obasanjo for criticizing Jonathan’s administration and the Ijaw people, said the ex- head of state had no moral grounds on which he could stand to cast aspersions at others when he has several scandals around him.
He said, “In your narration in Adeniyi’s new book there’s nothing you said which you had not said in your despicable and false and self-aggrandised book containing assertions and character which you do not possess yet you are assassinating the character and libeling of patriotic and decent leaders and people of Nigeria including innocent late President Yar’Adua and ex- President Jonathan.
“Dr. Jonathan was my candidate and I have a right to campaign for him and there was nothing that we said to infuriate or insult Nigerians as you are falsely and maliciously impressing on Nigerians. You said in Adeniyi’s book that the late DSP Alamieyeseigha, a former governor of Bayelsa state, had no reason to say ‘that there’s no vacancy in Aso rock on 21st may 2013 when he was campaigning for Jonathan.
“Whereas another PDP leader from Niger State, Governor Babangida Aliyu also stated on 18th September 2014 that there was no vacancy in Aso Rock when he was addressing youths of Niger State who wanted him to contest the Presidency. Whereas also in 2003 Chief Anthony Anenih also declared there was no vacancy in Aso Rock because you must be returned as President of Nigeria.
“The same Anenih told Atiku during his campaign for Jonathan in 2014 that there was no vacancy in Aso Rock in 2015. As Nigerians, we are free to campaign for any candidate we believe in whether he or she is from our ethnic nationality, from our zone, from our state or the same religion as us and or political party. This is the situation all over the world.”