May 2nd, 2011
Congenitally, some beings are born with the
spirit and mission to enhance humanity and the determination
to allow for development, peace and tranquility within the
society they find themselves. These species of human beings
place public interest above their personal interest.
Further more, these kinds of human beings have altruistic
tendencies towards mankind that depict them as embodiment of
God. They have realistic knowledge of their acceptance and
capability within the society where they exist. They also
understand the enormity of the anti human forces within
societies. They are genuine patriots who have a defined
precept of what a responsible government should be. They
choose not to join the bandwagon of very irresponsible and
inordinate individuals whose only understanding of politics
is to amass wealth that they will never use in all their
life time; myopic people who do not understand that nation
states are great as a result of leaders that fashioned it.
At very trial and critical points in the life a nation, they
readily show unmitigated tendency to coalesce with others,
not because they are weak, but because they always believe
that when struggles are not concentrated, the anti human
forces will always triumph.
It is in this sense that I see no other
rational, congenial and selfless person than Prof. Pat Utomi
as it relates to the April 2011 presidential election in
Nigeria and the true determination by progressive opposition
to wrestle power from the recalcitrant PDP. In a message
titled: “Walking My Talk: A Cry For My Beloved Country’’,
Prof. Pat Utomi bowed out of the presidential race -
probably - as he said earlier, to enable him in “…
rethinking how the spirit of service for the good of all
could be deployed outside of partisan politics”. This was
coming in heals of one collapse to another of talks of
merger amongst the – so called - progressives opposition
THIS is a clear manifestation that people like Prof. Pat
Utomi found themselves in politics by the desire to
positively affect humanity and not as a do or die means of
In the other hand there could not be any other presumptuous,
selfish and narrow minded persons than the leaders of ACN
and ANPP in relation to the April, 2011 election and what is
likely going to be the outcome without coalition of forces
against PDP. What on earth gave Alhaji Shekerau and Malam
Nuhu Ribadu the inkling that they could individually win a
Presidential election in Nigeria by April, 2011.
Prof. Pat Utomi, a more pragmatic and integrated
personality, saw the message ahead of time and decided to do
the right thing - by suppressing his personal ego – which
was to collapse his political structure in favour of Alhaji
Shekerau. But he did not do that without a sensible caveat.
He had agreed that his party - Social Democratic Mega Party:
SDMP - did not have the structure in place and would not,
singly, be able to win the April election at presidential
level. Prof. Utomi also adviced Alhaji Shekerau to also
study the circumstances and do the proper thing by also
aggregating his supporters’ votes for whoever he thinks has
a better chance of successfully wrestling the power from PDP.
Except we are not telling ourselves the truth, Malam Ribadu
and Alhaji Shekerau did not have sufficient bases to think
that they will win the presidential election individually.
If these major parties believed sincerely that PDP has
destroyed Nigerians and Nigeria in the twelve years it had
occupied the central government, if they were not just
trying to agitate to be recognized and possibly attract jobs
to themselves, they should have done the right thing by
coalescing with Gen. Muhamed Buhari of CPC who had a better
chance of challenging and possibly wrestling power from PDP.
Finally one would not have achieved much without urging the
likes of Prof. Pat Utomi to continue to galvanize genuine
opposition which will either force PDP out of power or push
it to begin to enunciate developmental projects that will
bring dividend of democracy to Nigerians. If that is not
done in time, we stand to see a situation where Nigeria is
gradually drifting into a one party state in the name of
democracy, where these inordinate and selfish politicians
will gang up against the majority of Nigerians.
Rome was not built in a day and giving up will mean
automatic triumph for the mediocre politicians who do not
understand what building a virile nation state means.
Nothing good comes easy.
Imo State, Nigeria