Political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, on Thursday played down rumours that he, alongside other prominent Nigerians, are planning to announce the formation of a new political party on October first.
He was linked in the media with a “third force,” called Rescue Nigeria Project (RNP) reportedly designed as an alternative to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Apart from Utomi, founders of RNP were said to include former Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, former Cross River State governor, Donald Duke; Usman Bugaje, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Amb. Nkoyo Toyo, Yomi Awoniyi, Dr Rose Idi Danladi and Dr Sadiq Gombe, among others.
But Utomi, who spoke on the sidelines of a briefing on the Zik Prize in Leadership, was hesitant to describe the movement as a political party.
He said the group and similar others were more interested in getting competent leaders into office, irrespective of the political party platform.
“No, I don’t think it (Third Force) is going to be a political party. We need to gather some of these movements, moving towards a better society,” Utomi said.