Leader of of Pan Pan – – Niger Niger Delta Delta Forum Forum , , Chief Chief Edwin Edwin Clark Clark , , on on Saturday Saturday said said the the regional regional leaders leaders adopted adopted the the Peoples Peoples Democratic Democratic Party Party ’ ’ s s presidential presidential candidate candidate , , Alhaji Alhaji Atiku Atiku Abubakar Abubakar , , because because he he agreed agreed to to restructure restructure the the country country . .
The The Ijaw Ijaw leader leader said said the the nation nation could could not not survive survive without without restructuring restructuring and and fiscal fiscal federalism federalism . .
Briefing Briefing newsmen newsmen in in Abuja Abuja , , the the former former National National Commissioner Commissioner said said the the South South – – South South would would only only vote vote for for the the candidate candidate that that would would restructure restructure the the country country to to ensure ensure equity equity and and justice justice . .
He He said said restructuring restructuring had had nothing nothing to to do do with with the the disintegration disintegration of of the the country country , , “
“ but but the the creation creation of of a a new new Nigeria Nigeria where where every every citizen citizen is is equal equal ; ; a a Nigeria Nigeria where where all all the the federating federatingstates states or or regions regions are are able able to to develop develop at at their their own own pace pace under under the the practice practice of of fiscal fiscal federalism federalism . . ” ”
He He added added , , “ “ We We have have now now seen seen that that our our salvation salvation is is in in restructuring restructuring . . If If we we do do not not restructure restructure this this country country , , this this country country will will not not survive survive . .
“ “ Our Our message message – – if if you you want want to to restructure restructure Nigeria Nigeria , , you you are are our our man man and and if if you you do do not not want want to to restructure restructure Nigeria Nigeria , , you you are are not not our our man man . .
“ “ So So people people are are wondering wondering why why we we adopted adopted Atiku Atiku . . Some Some of of our our boys boys who who think think they they are are Jews Jews have have said said dying dying old old men men have have taken takenmoney moneyfrom from Atiku Atiku . .
“ “ The The PDP PDP presidential presidential candidate candidate in in our our discussion discussion with with him him which which lasted lasted for for two two hours hours told told us us that that he he supported supported restructuring restructuring and and he he had had been been working working for for it it since since 1985 1985 . . ” ”
Clark Clark admonished admonished the the South South – – South South region region to to put put aside aside sentiments sentiments , , saying saying “ “ I I repeat repeat , , without without restructuring restructuring , , the the South South – – South South will will die die a a natural natural death death . . ” ”
The The Ijaw Ijaw leader leader assured assured stakeholders stakeholders that that restructuring restructuring of of the the country country would would not not lead lead to to the the disintegration disintegration of of the the nation nation , , noting noting that that it it was was also alsonot not against against any any region region . .