MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
Former youth leaders of Delta Ethnic Nationality have advised elder statesman and former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark to discontinue his tirade against the immediate past Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.
They asked him to first “remove the speck in his eyes before removing the log in another man’s eyes.”
In a press statement made available to AtlanticNewsonline on Tuesday, following their meeting on Monday in Warri, spokesman of the group, Comrade Davies Okiemute Akpobe told the nonagenarian “to stop selling Delta issue out as a way of getting relevance.”
The statement added that “as a father and leader of the state council of elders, taking his children’s issue to the media and prevailing on EFCC to come and intervene is bad, disgraceful most especially when he lacks the moral justification to embark on this wild goose chase, as Deltans have grown beyond that point.”
The group reminded him that he (Chief Edwin Clark) has benefited a lot from Delta State and other government agencies.
“We are therefore calling on our elder state man (chief Clark)to bring his wealth of experience towards further development of our dear state.”
It will be recalled that Clark had recently accused Okowa of misappropriating over N1trillion of the 13 per cent oil derivation fund for Delta State and subsequently urged the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to probe the former Governor.
The 13 percent derivation fund comes from the Federation account to oil-producing communities through state governments as contained in Section 162(2) of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution (as Amended).
The elder statesman had made the accusation when he appeared as a guest on Arise TV’s
“The Morning Show” last Wednesday.