Former Federal Commissioner for Information under the Yakubu Gowon military regime and Ijaw national leader, Edwin Clark, has said that no southerner would support a northern presidential candidate if the two dominant parties picked their flagbearers from the North.
Chief Clark, who incidentally is a member of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), dropped the hint while speaking with select newsmen at his Asokoro residence in Abuja.
Saturday Tribune checks revealed that over 20 politicians from the South in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have so far picked the expression of interest and nomination forms ahead of their parties’ conventions.
The eminent statesman, who expressed indignation over the development, was of the view that some of the aspirants are in the race as agents of the northern establishment playing the spoiler role by undermining the chances of their colleagues from the South.
Clark restated his position on power shift to the South, maintaining that the future of the country and its democracy are endangered if the North insisted on fielding candidates for the next presidential election.