Mr Patrick Utomi
Founder Lagos Business School, African Democratic Congress presidential candidate (2007)
Date of Birth: 06/02/1956
Education: St Thomas’ School, Kano, 1960-62; Our Lady of Fatima Schol, Gusau, 1962-66; Christ the King College, Onitsha, 1967; Loyola College, Ibadan, 1968-71; BSc Mass Communications, University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Indiana, United States.
Career: Chairman/CEO, Patike Communications, 1982-83; Special Assistant to the President on Political Affairs, 1983; Chairman/CEO, Utomapp Holdings, 1984-86; Assistant General Manager, Volkswagen Nigeria, 1986-89; Deputy Managing Director, Volkswagen Nigeria, 1989-93; Director, Lagos Business School; Chairman, Platinum Bank, 2000-05; Vice-Chairman, Bank PHB, 2006 to date.
Commentary: Although unsuccessful, Utomi's 2007 presidential campaign broke with tradition by focusing on issues and refusing to engage in political violence. The support he garnered was an indication of Nigerians' frustration with the contemporary brand of lethally corrupt politics.