As the 2023 General Elections are coming closer, many people have been declaring their ambitions to run for the presidency. As an addition to the list is the veteran journalist and columnist, Dele Momodu, on Thursday declared his ambition to contest for the office of the President on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Momodu, who made this known in a letter presented to the national chairman of the party, senator Iyorchia Ayu, at the party’s Secretariat, Abuja, urged the leadership of the party not to hurriedly pick its Presidential flag bearer to avoid what he called ‘’the mistakes of the past’’.
Dressed in a black Babariga with a cap to match, Momodu described himself as the best and most prepared aspirant capable of giving the All Progressives Congress, APC, a run for their money.
The letter reads: ‘’Thanks for giving me the opportunity to present this epoch-making letter at very short notice. It is palpable democratization of your intellectual discipline, simplicity, and cosmopolitan worldview, and our party is fortunate to have such a serious academic and patriot as our chairman at this momentous period in the life of our troubled country.
‘’In the last few days, there have been widespread speculations about my presidential bid for the second time. I have been greatly humbled by the excitement already generated which reminds me of how it was 29 years ago, when your good friend and my own adopted father, Moshood Abiola threw his hat in the ring.
‘’It is very obvious that Nigerians are eager to restore that promise of hope and the accompanying peace and joy that we lost.
‘’The time has come for full reconciliation and forgiveness and closure of our ugly past. Nigeria urgently requires a reset and a total redirection. With this letter Sir, I wish to humbly put the speculations to rest by coming to you with every sense of purpose and responsibility.
‘’After due consultations with my family, friends, and some stakeholders, I have arrived at the decision to contest the 2023 Presidential election on the platform of our great party, PDP’’.
Fielding questions from journalists, Momodu pledges his readiness to mobilize Nigerians, North, and South to return PDP to Aso Rock.
Another Presidential aspirant, Sam Ohuabunwa, while speaking called on the leadership of the party to look beyond petty interest in the selection of Presidential candidate for the PDP.
He nullified the fears that old age could count against him, saying, ‘’there are many young people chronologically, but yet they behave and act like old people because of their vision, because of their worldview.
According to him,’’ a young worldview is an exploratory worldview, a worldview that is able to entertain and accept a larger picture of the globe, be able to learn from each other, a mindset that is willing to try new things to get into new opportunities’’.