- Prof Pat Utomi has stated that the people of Delta state would decide if the James Ibori dynasty would be terminated or continued
- He urged the people of the state to ask themselves if they are better off the way they are
- According to him, Deltans have a choice if they want the Ibori dynasty to continue
Former presidential candidate and an All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship hopeful in Delta state, Prof Patrick Utomi, has stated that it is Deltans who would determine if the James Ibori political dynasty in the state would be ended or allowed to continue, Vanguard reports.
Utomi made his comments on Saturday, April 21, in Asaba, the Delta state capital.
NAIJ.com gathers that Utomi insisted that there was a pressing need to wrest power from Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and return Delta to the right direction.
He said: “What should be the concern is the wellbeing of people, I would like us, in building Delta, to have a coalition that is not too sensitive to political parties, but sensitive to Delta, the need to rescue it and ordinary people, particularly, escaping the blight into which they have been cast.”
On if he could bring an end to the influence of the Ibori family, which has produced three consecutive governors of the state, he said: “I do not think Pat Utomi would do anything to terminate or encourage anything.
"The people of Delta should be able to say to themselves, are we better off the way we are? That is what determines election in America. In America, the typical mantra is, are you better than you were four years ago?”
He continued: “All Deltans need to do is to drive across the board and whatever direction they face. Let us say that they face Edo, which was part of defunct Bendel state before the split in 1991, they should ask themselves what is the difference between Delta and Edo states today.
“If they also face east, across the Niger, and look at Anambra, they should ask and find out what is the difference.
“What is particularly interesting is that the two states receive about a seventh of what Delta receives from the federation accounts. Recently, I gave a lecture to entrepreneurial leaders from the south-south at Port Harcourt organised by the American Embassy and Consulate in Lagos and after it, I drove to a funeral at Igbo-Ukwu area of Anambra state, I came in from Ihiala, Awka-Etiti, all those areas, and a Deltan who was in the car with me kept screaming about the rural roads without potholes in Anambra that we drove on.
“That is the truth about our reality, which those two states are receiving about seventh of what we receive in Delta and are by far in better shape than Delta. If Deltans prefer that and want it (Ibori dynasty) to continue, that is their choice. I mean, they cannot complain that they do not have a choice.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Professor Pat Utomi said that the Yoruba and Igbo nations need to work together in unity in order to help develop the rest of the country.
Utomi spoke about the relationship between the Yorubas and Igbos and also the release of Nnamdi Kanu.
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