By Daniel Eteghe
FOR the second time in a row, Professor Pat Utomi declared his intention to vie for the country’s presidential seat on the platform of a consensus arrangement between the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Congress for Progressive Change, CPC and the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP.
Utomi declaring his intention at a press briefing at the Sheraton Hotel, Lagos said that he would transform Nigeria’s economy to become one of the most vibrant economies in the world if voted as president in the forth_coming presidential election in 2011.
Professor Utomi who was not explicit on the party platform he would use to actualise his aspiration said that he was in the progressive movement which comprises of the ACN, CPC, ANPP. He said that a consensus candidate would emerge from the lot of the aspirants presently campaigning among the different progressive parties.
He said that over the years that Nigerian politicians who were gladiators have been concerned only in their personal interests adding that the country had until now been governed by those who do not have Nigerians at heart.
“Few issues are seriously canvassed and the egos of the gladiators seem to rise far above the needs of a people who are crippled by poverty and some of the worst living conditions on the planet“ he stated.
“The shame of where Nigeria ranks in the quality of life of citizens and the status of the dignity of the human person is such that the restoration of this country is much celebrated for its potential of independence must involve ideas that drive rapid economic growth, social harmony, security of life and properties.”
According to him“ Our primary goal in standing up to be counted is to bring to an end the endless reforms without progress, or at best with recursive two steps forward, three steps backward movement. We seek to do so with clear goals, programmes, legislative agenda and restructuring plans with timeliness for which we can and must be held accountable”.