Earlier today, I submitted my PDP Presidential nomination form at our party headquarters in Abuja. After purchasing the N40 million expression of interest and nomination forms, I was happy to achieve yet another milestone.
Whilst I query the wisdom in demanding such a huge sum from presidential aspirants, which could easily discourage and eliminate younger and more vibrant aspirants, I decided to pay because it had been demanded by the party and it was thus a necessary step in the right direction as I seek the requisite mandate of my party in my mission, alongside other like-minded Nigerians, to liberate our country, Nigeria, from the vestiges and bondage of insecurity, ignorance, corruption, division and disunity, backwardness, inequality, infrastructural decay, intolerance, vindictiveness, oppression, mass unemployment and the general malaise that has endlessly afflicted our great country.
Nigeria is blessed with some of the most brilliant, well-educated, ambitious, hardworking and upwardly mobile souls. Examples of our global excellence and exploits abound and are well documented. However, the lack of visionary, selfless, frugal, disciplined, determined, knowledgeable purpose-driven leadership has slowed down the remarkable work of our phenomenal men and women.
I take this opportunity to salute them and assure them that, wherever they may be, a Dele Momodu Presidency will tap into their talents and resources to rebuild Nigeria and make our Nation a 21st century giant in the comity of nations. These are not mere words or platitudes but the conviction of a patriot who knows that a true visionary and missionary leader identifies, harnesses and utilises the human and material resources at his disposal, not someone who has a Messianic complex.
The time has come when politics can no longer be the exclusive preserve of profligate politicians who are more interested in the actualisation of their inordinate ambition, egocentric power-grabbing, greedy venality and unwholesome scaremongering rather than the welfare and well-being of the people they are meant to serve.
In this quest, I have traversed every region and sub-region of Nigeria and, indeed, some parts of the Diaspora, reaching out to my fellow citizens and re-establishing old alliances whilst reinforcing age-long friendships.
Everyone knows about my networking habits and abilities. I’m a natural unifier. I do not go to people because, and only when, I need their votes. I have done this all my life. It is natural to me and not a pretence. Through my work, I have been able to touch the lives of countless Nigerians at home and abroad. Directly and indirectly, I’ve provided jobs and created opportunities for thousands of Nigerian youths in practically all spheres of human endeavour.
I was one of the first to recognise and champion the use of technology and social media in our everyday lives, even as our Government now seeks to stifle its majestic growth and power for selfish and nefarious reasons.
I have changed the negative perception of Africa as a dark continent and the campaign of calumny against Nigeria as a land of drug barons, scammers and never-do-wells. I have always displayed tolerance and respect for every tribe and religion. My Muslim and Christian backgrounds and education in African Traditional Religions make me even more comfortable with all men and women of faiths, and I’m dismissive of ethnic and religious jingoists.
Nigeria is at a crossroads, and things can no longer continue as usual. No God-fearing citizen can excuse and readily dismiss the gross incompetence and ineptitude of a ruling government that was exceptionally high on promises but abysmally low on deliverables and performances.
Nigeria deserves massive apologies from the APC apparatchiks, who should be ashamed of their damage to our long-suffering nation. No amount of fanciful diction, deceptive sophistry, pedantic casuistry or mendacious demagoguery can rescue them from the judgment of God for plunging our country and its people into unprecedented misery and penury.
I’m working hard and praying that our esteemed Party, PDP, and its members, most especially our super delegates, would resist all temptations from the highest bidders and put the country above pecuniary expectations, and deem it fit to give me the ticket to represent our Party at the forthcoming 2023 General Elections. We must demonstrate to Nigerians and the world that we are ready to offer our people a fresh beginning in a new world order propelled by education and knowledge.
In this regard, I urge our Party’s political gladiators and juggernauts to stop flexing their muscles against one another and think about redeeming the lost glory of our illustrious Party and country and giving thought to providing succour and comfort to the teeming masses of Nigeria.
Becoming President of Nigeria should not be about the promotion and elevation of self due to previous lengthy political appointments. Getting to be Nigeria’s President should be a matter of offering oneself humbly and honourably to serve our Fatherland to the best of our abilities.
Nigeria needs a fresh leader, someone shorn of all the baggage, misadventure, mishaps and failures of the past. A charismatic leader and bridge-builder with global experience and exposure, capable of assembling and commanding a combined and novel team of technocrats and politicians whose sole desire is to change their country for the better rather than for self-aggrandisement and pillaging. This is the kind of president required to lead our country out of the drudgery and doldrums. I believe that I am that person and Leader.
Our people truly have hope for a better future. They know that this will not come from a rehash or regurgitation of the same old wine in new bottles. They want real change. I have been a change agent most of my adult life. I believe that in the same vein, our reinvigorated party should entrust me with the role of the change catalyst in Nigeria. I am new and untainted, and primed for this task.
Together, our future is bright and assured.
– CHIEF DELE MOMODU
Presidential Aspirant PDP
Chief Dele Momodu, born May 16, 1960, in the ancient town of Ile-Ife, Nigeria, is an African Journalist of high repute and loud acclaim; he is a publisher, polemicist, businessman, philanthropist, actor, politician and motivational speaker. He is the CEO and publisher of Ovation International, a magazine that has given publicity to people from all over the world in over 60 countries and five continents.
He is the Chairman of the Ovation Media Group, comprising of Ovation International magazine, Ovation Television and The Boss newspaper. His media empire has worked assiduously to change the negative perception of Africa as a dark continent. He is one of the most prolific essayists in Africa and he has authored and published several books in his name. He is one of the biggest voices on the African social media platforms, and his Twitter account already has 1.7 million organic followers and growing. He is one of the most photographed celebrities in Africa.
Chief Momodu has met and interacted with world leaders. He has received over 200 awards and honours globally and garnered recognition for his work in Entrepreneurship, politics, literature, music and fashion in which he plays major roles. He has bagged two Doctorates (honoris causa) from the Houdegbe North American University in Cotonou, Benin Republic, and University of Professional Studies Accra, Ghana.
He is a recipient of multiple traditional titles in South West and South-East Nigeria and in the Republic of Liberia, where he is The Kiazolu of Grand Cape Mount County. He is an honorary Fellow of the African Public Relations Association (APRA).
Chief Momodu writes a weekly and very popular column, called Pendulum, on the back page of Thisday, Nigeria’s most influential newspaper, every Saturday. He has written on Nigeria’s many challenges and has proffered practical solutions. He has landed in detention and was forced into exile for his views and pro-democracy activities.
CHIEF MOMODU is a graduate of the great University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Yoruba language (1982) and a Master’s degree in English Literature, 1988, from the same University (the first Nigerian ever to attempt such a combination). He has been a political activist for decades and was forced into exile in Great Britain from 1995 to 1998 under the military rule of General Sani Abacha.
Chief Momodu announced his intention to run for the Presidential election in his homeland Nigeria, in 2011, on the platform of the National Conscience Party, but lost.
CHIEF Momodu was a Visiting Scholar at the African Studies Centre, University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Chief Momodu is married to one wife, Mobolaji Momodu, a chartered accountant and blessed with four children.
Osinbajo group to Tinubu: VP won’t step down for you
The umbrella organisation of all pro-Yemi Osinbajo support groups, The Progressive Project, has said that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will not step down for the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress in the race for the 2023 presidential ticket.
The TPP Director of Operations, Alhaji Usman Aliyu Usman, stated this amid suggestion Osinbajo will step down for Tinubu ahead of the party’s primaries.
Usman said in a statement on Sunday that “some paid agents and other supporters who feel threatened by the candidature of Professor Osinbajo seem determined for a gutter fight which Osinbajo supporters cannot join”.
He said: “One of our visible supporters, Professor Olusola Adeyeye, a two-term Senator who represented Osun Central Senatorial District between 2011 to 2019 made some weighty statements about the APC presidential primaries on Saturday and by Sunday, really baseless and mischievous anti-Osinbajo statements began circulating.
“Unfortunately, one of these came from Mr. Daniel Bwala, an aide to Deputy Senate President, Senator (Ovie) Omo-Agege who currently appears to moonlight as spokesman for the Bola Tinubu campaign.
“Specifically, without any proof, Mr. Bwala started circulating a video clip with claims that Professor Yemi Osinbajo is ‘allegedly planning to step down for Asiwaju’; Mr. Bwala had no evidence and he ought to know better than going to town with such.
“Without doubt, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is still riding high in the race and our decision not to interfere in some camps’ deliberate spread of illusion and untruths is only motivated by our genuine confidence in our candidate’s prospects.
“As stated long ago, no group linked to TPP will join any individual or group in playing gutter politics or smearing others but we need to unequivocally state that Professor Yemi Osinbajo is not contemplating any measure of capitulation to any candidate.
“While we are sworn to total allegiance to the Constitution, patriotic values and the spirit of good sportsmanship, we denounce the misleading information and unbecoming tricks that some supporters in other presidential candidates’ camps embrace so eagerly.
“We denounce too, the baseless ad unhelpful information being randomly disseminated by the likes of Mr. Bwala.
“In the interest of the nation and its democracy, TPP appeals to all aspirants and supporters at all levels to learn from the focused and principled campaign methods of Professor Osinbajo and his supporters whose collective determination towards actualizing Nigeria’s enduring greatness is a cause that genuinely deserves the support of all patriots.
“We categorically debunk the spate of falsehoods against PYO’s candidature and we urge all Nigerian patriots to look forward to join us in the forthcoming celebrations on the day after APC presidential primaries.”
Despite being in captivity, Ango Abdullahi’s son wins PDP ticket
Sadiq Ango Abdullahi, the son of the Convener of Northern Elders Forum, Ango Abdullahi, has won the primary for Sabon Gari Federal Constituency of Kaduna State.
Daily Trust reports that he is one of the 61 persons still in captivity from the bandits attack on an Abuja-Kaduna train.
The attack was carried out on March 28, 2022.
Daily Trust is reporting that Sadiq’s father, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, confirmed that his son is still with the bandits.
Sadiq defeated his opponents in Monday’s primaries of the PDP.
He polled 28 votes to defeat other aspirants such as Hadiza Muhammad, Salisu Abdulhamid and Misis Paulina.