By Festus Ahon
ASABA-DELTA State Governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Prof Pat Utomi has described politicians seeking office after 10 years of service as social parasites.
Utomi who spoke during a Consultative meeting with APC Delta Central party leaders, said his aspiration would not disrupt the present power rotation order in the State should he be elected as Governor in 2019.
He said “given the many challenges of the State today, any elected executive who truly give his time and energy to the job would be thoroughly exhausted after four years”, assuring Deltans on the issue of power rotation and equitable coexistence.
Restating his resolve to a term if elected Governor, he said; “four years will be sufficient to show the example that Delta State can work, and to set a proper foundation for a new Delta; thereafter I will move on as I have done with the various enterprises I successfully established such as Lagos Business School, Pan African University, Socket Works’, a pioneer e-Government service provider which created Nigeria’s new Passport, Business Times Newspapers etc.
“This is significant for Delta Central whose turn it should be to produce the Governor in 2023; because this eliminates the concern about a new Governor of Delta North origin who may wish to do eight years. Given Utomi’s pedigree, he can be trusted to honour his commitments.
“If you do a good job in office, after four years you will be thoroughly exhausted, but because we don’t serve people well enough in this country, some people will be there for eight years without impact.”
“If Delta will be redeemed the people must own their revolution. Their revolution must touch lives, transform communities and make poverty history.”
Quoting Albert Einstein, Utomi said “doing the same thing repeatedly and hoping for a different outcome is the definition of insanity. And to be truthful, that is what we have been doing in Delta State. We have for many years, after the era of Olorugun Felix Ibru who I am ever pleased to acknowledge as someone I was friendly with, have repeated gone wrong ways.
“We do it in ways that not only will shock Einstein but will crush George Orwell who reminds us that, ‘a people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims but accomplices.
“Delta is in a very big peculiar mess and it’s in the desire to sweep Delta State clean of all its mess that we have employed the right instrument, which is the broom, to clean Delta State”.
While alleging that teachers were poorly treated in the State, Utomi promised that the APC government when elected, will elevate the status of teachers in Delta, “because they hold the key to our future.”
He said he would increase teacher’s salaries and raise the prestige of teachers, “with Finland as model, people will even be rushing to be sent to the classroom as teachers”.