A former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Edwin Clark, has retired from partisan politics and left his party as well.
But not without one last shot at former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and the late Umaru Yar’Adua.
Speaking in his Abuja residence on Wednesday when a group, Think Nigeria First Initiative, paid him a courtesy visit- Clark criticised Jonathan for lacking the spine to prosecute corrupt officials.
“Jonathan didn’t have the political will to fight corruption. He’s a gentleman. Drivers of yesterday are living in palatial buildings now under his government.
“In advanced countries, when you are living above your means, people query you. That’s not so in Nigeria. Former governors, lawmakers are now asking for immunity.”
“I no longer belong to the PDP. I won’t go to the APC either, but I will continue to talk as an elder statesman and leader of this country. I have left politics.
“If anyone comes to me to say he’s running for any elective position in the PDP or the APC, I won’t support you. I’m not a member of the PDP anymore.”
“Some of us were worried when Jonathan conceded defeat. We were worried. If a man who contested election conceded defeat, who are you to say no?
Speaking further, Clark enjoined Nigerians to wholeheartedly support the administration of Muhammadu Buhari and his war against corruption.
Clark also accused Obasanjo of making corruption an acceptable practice in the country.
“Elections had been held, winners had emerged and losers had agreed, what next? Buhari is now my President and the President of Nigeria.
“We should all try and support him, particularly in his determination to eradicate corruption in Nigeria. For eight years Obasanjo legalised corruption.
“Yet, he’s the one talking about corruption today. Nobody should distract Buhari from fighting corruption. People should stop talking about sectional or selective justice.”
The South South leader also stated that Yar’Adua did not have the political will to fight corruption.
Clark added: “Yar’Adua became friend with Ibori, who is very corrupt and because of this, he could not fight corruption.”