As more and more aspirants queue up to succeed Nigeria’s incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, media guru, and publisher of Ovation international magazine, Dele Momodu, has also thrown his hat into the ring. For Momodu, charity begins at home hence he chose his home town, Ihievbe, in Owan East local government area of Edo State, to declare his presidential ambition on Sunday. He disclosed that the visit was his first home-coming in 49 years since the death of his father, Oboh Momodu.
At a well-attended rally, Momodu boasted that he remained the most qualified among all presidential hopefuls and challenged any aspirant with better qualification to come forward and present it.
He said his ambition was inspired by the fact that though he was never a governor, senator, minister, or president, he had sat at table with the high and mighty, and therefore mastered how to become one. “For long, I have been interacting with presidents, ministers, governors, because I know that one day, I will be President. All I want to be is President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Today is a day to say it finally before my people. Anybody who thinks he is more qualified than me, should come out and say so,” he posited.
Momodu assured that his coming into politics was majorly to serve the people and change the narrative of the average Nigerian as far as deliverables are concerned.
Fielding questions from journalists, a former Senator representing Edo North senatorial district, Yisa Braimah, noted that Momodu was the locality’s best choice for Aso Rock in 2023. Braimah, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said “This is a glorious entry. The whole of Ihievbe community has turned out en-masse to receive their illustrious son; a man who has achieved so much in the media.
“Dele Momodu has declared his intention to run for presidency. We love his home-coming, and we have resolved to send him forth to rescue Nigeria for us.” Welcoming Momodu, the traditional head of Ugba village in Ihievbe community, Rufus Aigbevbole, described Dele Momodu as a son in whom they were well pleased. The visibly fulfilled Aigbevbole said “It is a thing of joy, and something that will always remain in our memory for long to have you in our midst today, particularly when I am still alive as the village head of your immediate community of Ugba. I will now have a message of hope to deliver to your loving father, and others when I eventually pass on to the great beyond to meet them there someday”.