An elder statesman, first republic Minister of Information and the leader of the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark has reaffirmed his passionate belief that it is the turn of the south-east geo-political zone to produce the next president of Nigeria come 2023.
Chief Edwin Clark reaffirmed his stand, when Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, former President of the Nigerian Senate and a frontline presidential aspirant visited him in Abuja at the weekend in continuation of his consultations with respect to his presidential bid.
During the visit, Senator Anyim had informed the elder statesman, Chief Clark, that he would be running for the presidency of the country come 2023 noting that he, Anyim, understands the challenges facing Nigeria and has what it takes to fix them.
He disclosed that he wants to contest the 2023 presidency under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and has come to consult with Chief Clark on the state of the nation and his plan for the future.
According to him, the visit was also a good opportunity to share with Chief Clark the joy of his good health, noting that the elder statesman is blessed with what he described as phenomenal memory, lucid and curious mind, a benevolent heart and boundless goodwill for all men, adding that he will forever cherish the counsel of the elder statesman.
Senator Anyim also pledged to dedicate himself with full enthusiasm and conviction to advance the vision of equity in Nigeria; the peace and prosperity of all citizens and the unity of Nigeria.
In his response, Chief Clark encouraged Senator Anyim to work hand with other leaders across the country to build a consensus for equity and unity in Nigeria.
He stressed that the presidency of Nigeria should go to the South-eastern zone of the country, as it is their turn come 2023.
The elder statesman offered a fatherly prayer for Senator Anyim and also encouraged him and other political stakeholders to continue the task of persuading and reassuring other Nigerians to share this vision for a power shift to the south east.