Economist Professor Pat Utomi is sometimes a controversial figure in the business and the political world. Professor Utomi is also a member of the All Progressives Congress and is not one to let slip even if the party he belongs to is going astray.
This is exactly what he did in an explosive Op-Ed published by the Punch Newspaper. In a scathing article titled They have hijacked our change again, the Prof held no prisoners as he went after the APC Leadership in the National Assembly who went against party wishes to dine with the opposition PDP in their quest for power.
It was with this spirit of wondering how easily we chase power, unmindful of purpose that I exclaimed on seeing the political bloodletting in the National Assembly leadership selection. My reaction was, Oh my God, not again! With the process and outcome clearly signaling disunity, lack of discipline and weak goal-setting, and severe goal displacement, the least impact would be challenged implementation of what the people voted for.
He also talked about what he called the “The 3Ps”, raw political power, quest for possessions and quick inclination to predation, a viscous cycle of greed, individualism and personal ambition whose purpose is to prevent progress.
This op-ed is the latest sign that all is not well in the APC as the progressives in the party continue to faced an uphill battle with a political class that they had no choice but to align with in their quest for power.