Elder statesman and National Leader/Chairman, Board of Trustees, PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark, is hale and hearty, and not dead.

THE Forum made the clarifications following concerns that the former Federal Minister received several anxious calls from within and outside the country, with some saying they heard strange stories about his health.

Therefore, in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Ken Robinson, PANDEF said Clark has recovered from COVID-19 and is doing well.

The statement reads: “Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, was inundated with anxious calls, all evening of February 13, 2020, inquiring about the state of health of its National Leader and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief Dr. Edwin Kiagbodo Clark.

“The anxiety of the inquirers has necessitated this release. PANDEF wishes to state, assuredly, that Chief E. K. Clark is his normal healthy and ebullient self.

“The information making the rounds on some social media platforms is a concocted, malicious falsehood, ostensibly intended to cause confusion within the Chief’s teeming, multi-dimensional constituencies.

“PANDEF urges all friends and associates of the South-South Leader, and, indeed, the entire Nigerian public, and the Global Community, to disregard the ugly rumour. Chief Clark is alive, hale and hearty.

“What is true, is that our Leader, soon to be 94years old, did test positive for COVID-19, but had since been confirmed negative by health officials, after 14 days of isolation in his Asokoro, Abuja, residence.

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