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Renowned Elder Statesman Calls for Resignation of PDP Acting National Chairman


Renowned elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark has penned an open missive to the Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Amb. Umar Ililya Damagum, urging him to step down from his position.

In his letter, Clark, a distinguished figure in the Ijaw community, accuses Damgum of being under the influence of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike.

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The former Federal Commissioner for Information criticizes the recent National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PDP, labeling it as a farce and evidence of Wike’s dominant control over the party.

Clark expresses regret for any potential discomfort his letter may cause Damgum, stating that they have never crossed paths before. However, he emphasizes that he has been closely monitoring Damgum’s actions since assuming the role of Acting National Chairman of the PDP.

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He highlights his prior warning in a press release preceding the NEC meeting, cautioning that without decisive action, the party would face collapse. Clark laments that his apprehensions were validated by the proceedings of the NEC meeting, where critical issues facing the party were sidestepped, with undue influence from Wike.

Clark criticizes the NEC’s apparent weakness in confronting Wike’s influence, lamenting the emphasis on reconciliation over disciplinary measures. He questions the sincerity of the PDP’s opposition to certain government policies when Wike, whom he describes as a major party financier, holds a significant role in the government.

Furthermore, Clark raises concerns over Wike’s involvement in both the PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC), citing his leadership of the APC’s Caretaker Committee in Rivers State. He accuses the NEC and National Working Committee (NWC) of turning a blind eye to the situation in Rivers State due to alleged external control over Damgum.

Clark urges the Acting National Chairman to either take decisive action to salvage the party or step down from his position to prevent its collapse under his leadership.

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