I led the crusade against James Ibori – Edwin Clark

Edwin Clark takes swipe at Jonathan, Obasanjo and Yar'Adua | YNaija.com

Elder statesman and Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark, says he has always been an ardent supporter of the anti-corruption crusade and had always lent his voice to the movement.

He said this on Friday while speaking to newsmen in Warri, Delta State that contrary to the claims by the writer of an article, he had always been vocal against corruption.

Clark was reacting to a publication in a national daily on Thursday in which he was criticised for failing to speak against corruption during the immediate past administration.

Clark said anyone he was at the forefront of calls for the trial and subsequent incarceration ‎of former Delta State governor, Chief James Ibori.

He stated that it would be unfair for anyone to say he has never spoken against corruption.

He also said he had been talking about corruption since the tenure of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

He said, “Ordinarily, I shouldn’t have replied, because whoever is the author (of the article) is vicious, wicked and not a patriotic Nigerian. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have written that I never spoke against corruption during the time of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“I said the author is being vicious because I have been talking about corruption even before the time of Jonathan. In the first place, I talked about corruption during the time of erstwhile President Obasanjo and Yar’Adua.

“I remembered at that time, I was in the forefront of fighting our former governor, Chief James Ibori, leading to him being sentenced in the UK. Every Nigerian is aware of this. I led the crusade against him especially when a judge dropped the charges against him.”

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