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Utomi on the side of the masses
In many ways,
Professor Pat Utomi, director in
the run up to the 2007 general elections when notable politicians had lined
up for the crumbs from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he had pitched
camps with the African Democratic Congress (ADC), on the platform of which
he ran for the presidency. Though he did not actualize his dreams in the
highly flawed exercise, his issue-based campaign added an intellectual
dimension to the otherwise drab contest.
addition to his corporate and intellectual disposition, he is also known to
have always spared a thought for the down-trodden and the deprived masses of
the country. This, it is argued accounts for his constant demand for
standard practice in governance. He had at the heat of the 2007 campaign
advocated the “servant leader” model as a means of serving the people
when the attraction for the model caught up with other candidates, they,
including late President Umaru Yar’Adua, latched on it without
acknowledging Utomi as the originator.
the current dispensation, as Protem chairman of the Social Democratic Mega
Party (SDMP), Utomi has come again with another advocacy. He has in this
instance, advocated lynching and stoning of non-performing politicians, as
remedy for bad governance. Utomi particularly fingered the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) as the major warehouse for such non-performing
politicians, adding that the trend poses a threat to
described the PDP as a platform for elite accommodation in sharing of the
people’s economic rights, adding that the party does not have the capacity
to move the country to become a just and progressive society.
is not alone on this kind of thinking about the PDP. Indeed, many Nigerians
have expressed reservations on what the PDP has become.
Okey Nwosu, Chairman of the ADC is among many of such Nigerians, though he
believes the party could be remedied. He claimed that PDP has so degenerated
that it has perverted the National Assembly and other sectors of the nation.
words: “There is no doubt that the PDP has degenerated. But if President
Goodluck Jonathan is true to his words about bequeathing a clean political
Utomi who sees economy and
politics as two sides of the same coin, had had occasions in the past to
fight for civil servants. One of such occasions was earlier this year when
he canvassed for decent pay structure for civil servants, which he said was
one of the reasons for corruption in the country.
He had insisted then that
Nigerians should not just be made to earn salaries that would only take them
to work and back without adding value to their living standard.
Seeing the welfare of civil
servants as good for any economy, Utomi had also called for annual training
of civil servants as a possible boost to the any economy.
Notwithstanding his often
lofty prescriptions for the economy,
Utomi, has often been accused by critics as being high on theories but very
low on practical delivery. They particularly criticize him as a man who did
not perform any magic even the few times he had been in positions. They also
insinuate that he does not have the electoral value to win elections,
even in his ward.
However, in spite of the
criticisms against him, he has his ardent admirers who are ready to defend
him anywhere. These have at times described him as a man who would not
sacrifice his principles to score cheap political gains. According to them,
Utomi would not compromise on any principle he holds dear.
Utomi was born on February
6, 1956 in
He is a fellow of the
Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria and a Senior Faculty of the
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