Dele Momodu, a Nigerian politician and presidential aspirant under the platform of the PDP has written an exclusive piece for Nigerians regarding the 2023 general elections.
“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