Utomi will most likely run on the platform of Nigeria’s second largest party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) or the mega opposition party expected to emerge from ongoing merger talks between the country’s major opposition parties.

He had unsuccessfully run as president on the platform of African Democratic Congress (2007) and Social Democratic Mega Party (2011) but joined ACN last year after discussions with the party’s leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who has led ACN to successfully retake the South-West from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in addition to taking Edo in the South-South and making incursions into the country’s South-East.

Utomi is the second Nigerian presidential candidate in recent memory to scale down his ambition to that of governor, the first being Owelle Rochas Okorocha, who last year successfully sought to rule Imo State after failed attempts at the country’s presidency.

Utomi’s candidacy is being promoted by his Anioma kinsfolk who believe that he has bright chances of victory when incumbent Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan finishes his second and final term in 2015.

Couetesy NewsExpress