In a letter dated February 2, 2023, to Okowa, the elder statesman asked Okowa to withdraw from the presidential race, saying Atiku will not win the election.
According to him, Atiku-Okowa’s candidacy is against the resolutions of southern governors that no southern politician should agree to be a northerner’s running mate.
Clark also accused Okowa of using Delta state money to fund his campaign with Atiku.
The letter reads in part: “Today I say with certainty that you are more dictatorial than any other military administrator who has run Delta State since its inception in 1991.
“Therefore, I can understand why he has deliberately and immorally betrayed his southern Nigerian colleagues and people out of his own selfish ambition in wanting to land on safer ground by agreeing to serve as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s running mate.
“No, by the grace of God your prayer will not be answered. Perhaps you have forgotten the gravity of the offense you have committed against the people of southern Nigeria.
“In order to cover up his nefarious plot, he voluntarily induced everyone to arrange a meeting of the 17 southern governors at Asaba Government House on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. He gave them a very good reception and provided them with a secretariat that drafted the statement under his direction. supervision, which was skilfully read by the Chairman of the Southern Governors Forum, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.
“Indeed, it was a bombshell, as you collectively demanded the Presidency of the South and insisted that none of you should agree to be Vice President.
“Shortly thereafter, the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), which I lead, 100% supported the governor’s statement, stating that no sitting governor, legislator, or politician in the South should agree to be a running mate, particularly Atiku Abubakar.
“The 17 governors later met again in Lagos and Enugu to affirm the decision made at their Asaba Government House. Little did we know you were using this to perfect your secret plan to be Atiku Abubakar’s running mate from the start.
“Therefore, we are not surprised that you have ordered all delegates from Delta State not to vote for Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State or Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, who are your neighbors, but instead voted massively by Atiku Abubakar during the PDP presidency. primaries last year.
“It will be recalled in 2007 that Delta State finances were used to finance part of the election of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua through the directive of President Olusegun Obasanjo. Therefore, we were not surprised that you also decided to fund Atiku Abubakar with Delta People’s money because; there is no one to challenge you. I repeat, you will not make it.
“Therefore, it is in your best interest to openly apologize to your colleagues at APC and PDP, whom you misled by making a decision you never believed in. After his unreserved apology to the people of him and southern Nigeria, he must give up his ambition to become a PDP Vice Presidential Candidate. Therein lies his honor.