- Says Pat Utomi Belongs To Classroom and Not Grassroot Politics
By John Oghojafor
The Executive Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State on Communication, Dr. Fred Latimore Oghenesivbe has lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC), Delta State chapter, over a report alleging that the PDP in Delta State is in a state of panic as the opposition party was preparing to unseat the incumbent governor of the state, Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Okowa.
In a statement issued by the Executive Assistant on Communication, he accused the Delta State chapter of the APC and its leaders as taking undue advantage of the social media to feather their political nest by using the platform to lobby for political appointments.
“It is no longer strange to the goo people of Delta State that the Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congres (APC) and its leaders are prone to social media politics especially when they are lobbing for hot cakes and juicy political appointments at the presidency”, he averred.
He specifically referred to an online newspaper report, The New Diplomat with the headline “2019: Panic grips PDP as APC plots to unseat Okowa”, adding that the report was amusing to Deltans because “the story ended without any convincing political and mobilization strategies of how the APC national and state structures intend to unseat the smart governor of Delta State.”
“I am moved with endless pity for APC Delta and its leaders. Elections are not won on pages of newspapers and on the cyberspace. For the avoidance of doubt, Chief Great Ogboru and Olorogun Otega Emerhor in time past ganged up against PDP and its candidate under the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) and both crashed like a pack of card”, he said, adding that the “recent political reunion the two APC chieftains was not new to Deltans and shall crash shamefully again come 2019.”
In a related development, Oghenesivbe described another chieftain of the APC in Delta State who has been linked with moves to contest the 2019 governorship election, Prof. Pat Utomi, as a super breed academician but not a grassroots politicians”, adding that the right place for the man is the classroom.
“May I also add that Prof Pat Utomi is a super breed academician but not a grassroots politician. I am pretty sure that there are several American and British Universities waiting to contract him as a super Professor of Political Economy. It will be a herculean task for Utomi to win one LGA in Delta State should he fly APC guber ticket in 2019”, he said.
The Executive Assistant on Communication also referred to the former governorship candidate of the DPP, Chief Great Ogboru as a spent force already, adding that he lacks credibility to win elections.
Said he: “Ogboru is already a spent politician with no credibility in terms of ability to win elections coupled with the fact that his company was recently declared as a weak going concern by the Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON).”
Oghenesivbe noted that “PDP under the leadership of Gov Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa in Delta State, was solid and fully in charge of the political mobilization of the grassroots in the State”, pointing out that the “enviable performance of the Okowa administration speaks volume and Deltans more than ever before are willing and ready to re-elect him come 2019.”