Renowned political economist and Delta State governorship contender in the forthcoming 2019 general elections, Prof. Pat Utomi has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not interested in winning Delta State in the 2019 general elections.
Prof. Utomi disclosed this on Saturday while reacting to submission of Delta state candidates’ list which was published by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday.
While claiming that the INEC list was in defiance of a subsisting court order, he said the alleged brazen breach of the rule of law was a tacit indication that the party has given up on Delta State.
“It was in view of these brazen breaches of rule of law that the US Ambassador recently raised concerns and noted that undermining the rule of law is worst offence than corruption.
“What happened in Asaba and was regarded as governorship primary by the Jones Erue faction, which produced Ogboru as candidate was a complete farce.
“What happened in Asaba that day was treasonable felony that should be prosecuted, or else it becomes a precedent of contempt of the rule of law, also considering the security and international image implications of what happened, I decided to challenge it in court.
“The entire exercise and the aftermath have clearly proved that the Ogboru/Omo-Agege faction, which the Jones Erue state working committee stands for, is unpopular, not credible, without integrity and not a true representation of Delta APC.
“The faction that represents the broader group of APC members is the one led by the Cyril Ogodo-led State Working Committee (SWC) which was constitutionally elected through a credible congress and formally inaugurated by the former APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
“In deference to the authority of the national leadership, people, even me, had followed the party’s directive on the adoption of the consent judgement, before an Asaba Court rejected the authenticity of the Consent List emanating from the consent judgement.
Utomi said the view around the world is that criminal elements have hijacked the ongoing electoral processes as evident in the primaries of the APC and PDP in Nigeria.
He called for a Global Stop List to blacklist those responsible for the abuse of the rule of law.
“They should be put on the watchlist and their assets frozen as their conducts have dropped the business integrity ranking of the country.
“I have had offers of platforms. The ADC and SDP were parties I had worked with. But the idea was to merge into one bigger umbrella of progressives.
“They have been offering me platforms and had told me they have ticket waiting for me and their ideologies do not in any way violate my principle. So nothing is ruled out.
“I don’t necessarily need a title to do what I use to do but I want to see to the end of whole APC process. My supporters should keep hope alive, we must rescue Delta”, he assured.