OrderPaperToday – Foremost Ijaw leader and former federal commissioner for Information, Chief E.K Clark has been identified as one of the reasons former President Goodluck Jonathan lost the presidency to Muhammadu Buhari.

The Ijaw leader has also come under intense fire for his comments that he did not benefit anything from the Goodluck Jonathan presidency.

A group, Ijaw Justice Forum (IJF) carpeted Clark saying it was uncharitable of him to have spoken negatively about former president Jonathan in the media having been a major patron of his presidency, adding “the insults and abuses he rained on leading political figures across Nigeria attracted hatred to Jonathan and that affected negatively the outcome of the election results.”

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According to the group in a statement signed by its president Karona Etonye and secretary, Ekenwan Akwagbe, Clark’s position is the “peak of ingratitude from a man who called himself the ‘father’ of the former president. He attracted patronage from the high and mighty from all parts of Nigeria and received gifts of cash and kind because of their perceived closeness of him to Dr. Jonathan.”

The group listed several government patronage Chief Clark allegedly benefitted from under Jonathan and other past public office holders in the Niger delta region of the country, saying: “It is wicked and mischievous for Clark to say that he did not get anything from the Jonathan administration, including contracts.”

The statement read in part: “It can be said and indeed correctly that Clark is the proverbial fowl that eats and cleans its beak or mouth on the ground so that there will be no trace of food particles on the sides of its mouth. This, he has done to several persons that occupied public offices in the past.

“It is quite unfortunate that Chief Clark at 90 can peddle lies and make them appear as if they were true. How would Clark say that he did not ask for jobs for his children or for his relatives? Has he forgotten the note he wrote to the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe asking him to use his good offices to make his younger brother, Mr. Isa Clark the Coordinator of the Sure- P programme in Delta South Senatorial District?

“Under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Chief Clark applied for and was granted licence to establish a private university, the E. K. Clark University in his hometown, Kiagbodo. The launching, which took place in the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja was attended by the who- is- who in Nigerian politics, including Dr. Jonathan himself.”

“To complement the federal government gesture, the NDDC awarded contract for the sinking of a bore hole in the university campus. It is incontrovertible that he had that huge patronage because of the former president. If he doubts it, we challenge him to come up with a new project and see how many Nigerians of substance will attend.”

Reported on Oct. 28

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