The reports that Chief Edwin Clark has been empowered by some governors and major political stakeholders from the South-South geo-political zone to nominate a second minister from Delta State has tarted raising dust.
They have also claimed that Elder Godsday Orubebe’s nomination and eventual confirmation by the Senate came on the platform of the South-South and is seen as an off-shoot of his first appointment by Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Ardua.
But E. K. Clark’s newly entrusted power to nominate a new minister for Delta state could also mean a major set-back for the list of nominees allegedly sent by Delta state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Blank NEWS Online sources has revealed that “the resolution by South-South leaders came on the heels of alleged attempts by an anonymous senator from the Middle Belt region to interfere in the appointment of a Minister from the South-South region”.
The resolution to cede the Ministerial nominee’s slot to Clark is said to have been taken at a meeting of the South-South leaders, which according to verifiable sources was also attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo, including some South-South Governors and other major political stakeholders.
Meanwhile, questions are rife over the Delta PDP ministerial nominees list earlier submitted to Abuja by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan which include Echegile Godson, Onyemaechi, Godwill Obielum, Mariam Nneamaka Ali, Elder Godsday Orubebe, Faith Tuedor-Matthews, Chief Solomon Ogba, Young Igbrude, Williams Makinde, Barr. Ovie Omo-Agege, Elizabeth Uvoh-Gardner.
Another question that has raged is whether E. K. Clark will be magnanimous to choose from Uduaghan’s list of Ministerial nominees.
Meanwhile, political pundits are of the view that the resolve may have been an effort to tow the lines of the likes of the North Central where Senate President, David Mark was allowed to choose zonal representatives and the South West where former President Olusegun Obasanjo chose ministerial representatives.