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PDP, Ogieh, others hail Edwin Clark at 93


Success Nwogu and Dele Ogunyemi

The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday congratulated a former Federal Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, as he marked his 93rd birthday.

The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, commended Clark for his dedication, commitment and sacrifices towards the unity, stability and progress of Nigeria.

Ologbondiyan said, “Chief Clark has continued to demonstrate an extra-ordinary zeal in championing for accountability, strict adherence to the demands of rule of law and the tenets of federalism, particularly the constitutional provisions for the rights, liberty and aspirations of Nigerians at every tier of our national life.

“The PDP is thankful to God for keeping Chief Clark in good health so that our nation can continue to draw from his statesmanship, humility, honesty, courage and forthrightness on national issues.”

Speaking in a similar vein, a former Minister of State for Education,  Kenneth Gbagi, described the elder statesman as a nationalist who has demonstrated his commitment to Nigeria’s unity at various times in its history.

“Chief Clark has no doubt distinguished himself as a politician and nationalist in the history of the Nigerian State,” he said.

In his comment, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, Askia Ogieh, said, “It is with a heart full of pride and thankfulness to God Almighty that I celebrate you on your 93rd birthday. We give Him all the glory for giving you a very robust good health and the wisdom that have guided you all these very fruitful years.

“Your towering presence in the affairs of the nation, especially those concerning our dear Niger Delta, has been a source of strength to all those you have faithfully mentored.”

Clark, while speaking with newsmen in Abuja, on Monday, expressed gratitude to God for sparing his life. He said, “I am happy. I thank the Almighty God for giving today. I am now 93. I would like to thank the people of Nigeria and congratulate Mr President that the Federal Government has been able to handle COVID-19 pandemic. It is something that is causing problem in the whole world. I am happy to note that the Federal Government under Mr. President has been able to handle the problem in Nigeria.

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