The fact that Prof. Utomi has my vote, voice and unalloyed support for the 2007 presidential elections can’t be doubted. That should explain why I smiled when I heard the rumour that he was pulling out — he is not. The following press release tells it all:
Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Prof. Pat Utomi hereby refutes claims by certain news media that himself and other candidates have withdrawn and are calling for a pull-out from the presidential election.
Prof. Utomi declares that he is still in the race, his campaign continues, and he remains convinced that he is the best material for the presidency as well as remaining the peoples’ choice.
He states that on the contrary, the group resolve is getting stronger, the status quo remains, and the group is developing its resolution-document which calls on the Nigerian people and the international community to reject the elections so far and see it as a big fraud pre-decided and manipulated accordingly by the PDP.
With due respect to the various international observers, Utomi states that they have been hoodwinked by the riggers to interpret the peaceful conduct of the Nigerian people at the polls as freeness and fairness of the voting exercise.
Prof. Utomi in his capacity as the chairman of the Granite Coalition political parties group hereby calls for an abortion and postponement of the remaining election process in view of the various levels of irregularities, malpractices, and fraud by security agents and INEC officials in last Saturday’s elections.
Prof. Utomi hereby also call on Nigerians and all people of goodwill to see the numerous, spontaneous, certainly unrelated, and diverse unrests following the Saturday elections results announcement as the attestation to the rejection of the process by Nigerians.
Meanwhile, Prof. Pat Utomi, will from today, wind down his campaign activity with a symbolic interactive assembly where he addresses a gathering of various South-south and South-east peoples’ unions, communities, political associations, youth movements, and pressure groups is scheduled for the FCT Abuja.
The Abuja session which ends Prof. Pat Utomi’s ‘Oil from Curse to Blessing’ nationwide tour , had formally commenced at Oloibiri, Bayelsa state and was scheduled to end with a grand rally at Oloibiri.
The venue change is due to recent political developments among which is Utomi’s adoption as the chairman of the ongoing political parties’ ‘Granite Coalition’ session by members which include the Action Congress (AC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) among others, in Abuja.
Following Abuja, Utomi will on Wednesday visit major marketplaces in Lagos state to interact with executives and traders of the populous Balogun, ASPAMDA Mushin, and Ladipo markets.
Finally in Lagos on Thursday, Prof. Utomi who yesterday released the ADC Ideology Manifesto and Policy Plank titled ‘Liberation of the People from Poverty; Proclaiming Prosperity and Progress’ for public distribution, will address the executives and members of the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN).
Media Director â€“ Pat Utomi ’07 Campaign