I agree with you that the process has thrown up some credible character such as Fola Adeola, Pat Utomi and perhaps Bakare. Though I don't know much about Bakare's antecedents. Granted that he and the other two are some of the credibles, what are their chances to break the elitism you talked about?
How can Adeola function executively under a Ribadu presidency? Ribadu is of northern aristocratic "born to rule" background and may not be that messiah Nigeria need. Muhammed Buhari, on the other hand, is not what Nigeria would want now, we've had enough Gadaffis in the past. Strong and high handedness do not translate to having the potential to build strong institutions.
On the other hand, Pat Utomi has not been strong in the polls. Thus, what does all these options offer Nigerians in this era that citizens of the world are rising up against bad leadership? The answer is: Let's stop the hypocrisy and strenghten the call for a Sovereign National Conference. Nigeria has its unique problems and circumstances. Tell that to the Canadians. If you don't, I bet you will be writing the same stuff five years today.