Dele Momodu: I Love Tinubu But I Place Nigeria Above Friendship.
Dele Momodu, the publisher of Ovation Magazine, has said he loves Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but he will not support him in the 2023 election.
Momodu said he is determined to ensure the election of Atiku Abubakar, standard bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Taking to Instagram on Friday, Momodu wrote that he recently had a conversation with Senator Remi, the wife of Bola Tinubu, at the funeral service at Archbishop Vining Memorial Church in Ikeja, Lagos who asked him if he is going to campaign for the former Lagos governor.
The publisher said he reminded her that he is in the PDP — a response the senator representing Lagos central did not like.
In the post, Momodu said he joined the opposition party to sack APC because it is leading the country to “Golgotha”.
“Immediately she saw me, we exchanged our usual pleasantries and then she asked me ‘So Bob Dee, you’re not going to campaign for my husband…’ I smiled and remained very calm before replying, ‘Your Excellency, I’m in PDP’.
“She apparently didn’t find it funny and regaled us with the past I shared with her husband and I tried to calm her down.
“APC candidates are promising to continue Buhari’s “good works!” I joined PDP in order to sack APC from power and to do this I needed a strong opposition party. I had preached to my younger friends that only a mainstream party like PDP can achieve this in 2023. This remains my conviction. I practice what I preach. Those who disagree are in other parties and I respect their opinions and wish them well. I’m in PDP.”
“I love Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We’ve truly come way back. APC has done too much damage to Nigeria.
“I choose to place Nigeria above friendship… I will try my best to support and encourage our PDP candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to do the right things in our party and to rescue our dear beloved country from the vestiges of oppression, religious intolerance, poverty, terrorism, infrastructure decay, economic wows, unemployment.”
When Momodu joined PDP in October 2021, the seasoned journalist said he made the decision out of a desire to “join hands with other patriotic Nigerians to rescue our nation from the brink of a calamitous collapse”.