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By Philip Onome
The former President General, Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Chief (Engr.) Joe Omene, has said Chief E. K. Clark’s attack on the immediate past governor of Delta state, Sen. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa is not strange but his usual trademark known to Deltans.
Omene who spoke to newsmen in his country home, Mosogar, Ethiope West local government area of Delta state, while reacting to Chief E.K. Clark’s attack on Okowa at Rise TV, said Clark’s attack is always targeted on selected prominent individuals for political gains
Chief E. K. Clark had recently in Arise TV attacked the immediate past governor, Sen. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa, calling on EFFC to invite Okowa on allegation that he has misappropriated over one trillion which he said Okowa has not been able to account for.
He said former governors and prominent individuals like Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Chief James Ibori, Godsday Orubebe, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan had in the past suffered same attack from Chief Edwin Clark, pointing out that the recent attack on the immediate past governor, Sen. Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa at the Arise TV is not strange to anybody, as that has been his trademark for political gains.
He reminded Chief Clark of his alleged demand for billions from a former Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs to fund his private university, and his fallout with former President Goodluck Jonathan, despite receiving substantial funds for the funding of his university
While appealing to the elder statesman, Chief E.K. Clark to embrace his role as father, Chief Joe Omene charged Clark to emulate the likes of Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar Rtd, Gen. Yakubu Gowon Rtd, late Aminu Kano, Tafawa Balewa and Obafemi Awolowo and others.
He emphasized that, unlike Chief E.K. Clark, these leaders never resorted to violence, expressing disappointment over Chief E.K. Clark’s actions on his incessant attack on prominent Nigeria, saying such behavior is inappropriate, disgraceful and unbecoming for someone of his status.
He emphasized that any attempts to destabilize the state under the current leadership of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, an Urhoboman from Delta Central, would negatively afect governance and administration of Oborevwori.
Omene who also highlighted Chief E.K. Clark’s confrontations with the Governor of Rivers State but was averted through the intervention of other leaders, charging Chief Clark to consider what he can contribute to the Niger-Delta than forming different groups solely dedicated to make funds from the government.
Omene highlighted Chief E.K. Clark’s involvement in government affairs and the financial benefits he has received over the years, calling for transparency and accountability and that true leaders do not advocate for violence or engage in divisive politics.