Yobe, Adamawa state governments and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have slammed Chief Edwin Clark over his call for President Goodluck Jonathan to declare full state of emergency in the North-East.
Yobe state government, in a statement issued yesterday by the Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information to the governor, Abdullahi Bego said the repeated call by the octogenarian Clark was malicious, vindictive and ill-informed.
“We condemn in the strongest terms this totally unwarranted attack on the persons of the three state governors. We take the strongest possible exception to Mr. Clark’s vitriolic and totally baseless statements. We ask that he respects his very old age and either speak with decorum and facts or keep quiet”.
On his part, Governor Murtala Nyako, of Adamawa state, described Clark’s letter to the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice calling for total implementation of state of emergency in the three states of North-East facing insecurity challenges, as “absurd and lack focus.”
In a press statement, issued and signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Malam Ahmed Sajoh, the governor berated it as “riddled with perfidy and irresponsibility”, saying Edwin Clark should know that any call for a “so-called total State of Emergency” is outside the confines of the law. It is absurd and a path which will lead Nigeria into anarchy, impunity and lawlessness”.
Similarly, the APC faulted Chief Edwin Clark for brazenly goading President Goodluck Jonathan to remove the democratic structures in the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday, by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said apart from pushing the President to commit an unconstitutional act, Chief Clark is also working to help the PDP to devise an undemocratic way to win elections in 2015, by forcefully overthrowing elected officials in the state.
The party said elder statesmen should endeavour to rise above the fray and put the national interest above sectional considerations in their efforts to help seek an end to the insurgency that has claimed over 12,000 innocent lives since 2009, adding that it is the same mindset as Chief Clark’s that has largely stifled the Jonathan Administration’s efforts to decisively tackle the Boko Haram insurgency.