I won’t refuse if the southeast wants me to contest the presidency

Pat Utomi, a professor of political economy, says he “would have no problem” if the South East advised him to run for president in 2023.

With the 2023 general elections fast approaching, many observers and stakeholders have advocated for the presidency to be zoned in the southeastern region for, what some of them have described as “fairness, fairness and justice”.

Many presidential candidates from the southeast have announced their ambition to do so.

In a chat with Arise TV on Saturday, Utomi said he would not hesitate to run for the seat if the people of the south-east deem him fit to represent them.

The professor, who is from Igbuzo, an Igbo community in Oshimili North LGA of Delta State, however added that “office and power appeal to me very little.”

“If people come to me and say, ‘Look! We have reviewed your background. We have looked at your entire life of service, and we believe that you are the candidate the Igbo Nation has to offer Nigeria, I would have no problem with that. But, am I motivated by the very fact of the position? he said.

“Look, there are people who have been president in Nigeria, who if you give me their place in history; I would rather never have held office in Nigeria than be what history would remember them for. So having a position and having power is very unattractive to me as a person, but serving to transform people’s lives matters to me.

Last year, Utomi, Usman Bugaje, former member of the House of Representatives, Tunde Adeniran, former presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, and Abdulfatah Ahmed, former governor of Kwara, unveiled a political group, Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP).

Bugaje, national coordinator of the RNP, said the group was founded as part of efforts to promote quality leadership in the country.

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