A former Federal Commissioner for Information, Edwin Clark, has denied describing the Governor of Gombe state, Ibrahim Dankwambo, as a coward for not campaigning for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Clark was reported to have made the comments last week when he received a delegation of the Goodluck/Sambo supporters from Gombe state who complained that the Peoples Democratic Party in the state was having problems due to imposition of candidates to run for elective office.
The coordinator of the group, Ibrahim Dikko, had informed Mr. Clark that the PDP in Gombe no longer respect the wishes of its members, and that the party imposes candidates at will, resulting in defections from the party.
The group however promised to remain with President Jonathan and the PDP no matter the ill-treatment meted against them especially from the state governor.
The group promised to deliver 100 per cent vote to Mr. Jonathan in the March 28 presidential election.
They also called on the president to as a matter of urgency compensate victims of the 2011 post-election violence in the state.
In his response, Mr. Clark expressed the view that Gombe remains a PDP state.
He also reiterated his earlier stand that some of the President’s aides and party officials are afraid of campaigning for the president.
PREMIUM TIMES contacted Mr. Clark Wednesday and he denied calling the governor a coward.
He said he has confidence that the governor is working earnestly for the success of President Jonathan.
“I even wrote a letter to the governor after the reports came out. What was credited to me was not what I said,” he said.
Mr. Clark also said his remarks eulogizing Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa state for his courage to openly campaign for Mr. Jonathan in his state was misconstrued to mean he does not feel the same way about Governor Dankwambo.
“I spoke to the governor and he assured me that the PDP is solidly on the ground in Gombe and that he remains committed to the success of all PDP candidates in the state,” he said.