A former contender for the presidency of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dele Momodu, has described how Senator Remi Tinubu enlisted his help to campaign for Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
Momodu said in an Instagram post on Friday that he and Tinubu’s wife, a senator for the National Assembly’s Lagos Central Senatorial District, had met at a gathering in Ikeja, the seat of the Lagos State government.
Momodo said though he loves the APC presidential candidate, he won’t support Tinubu’s 2023 ambition because the “APC has done too much damage to Nigeria”.
According to him, “Only two people, apart from the photographers, witnessed what happened between me and SENATOR MRS OLUREMI TINUBU yesterday, at the funeral service of CHIEF MRS KEMI NELSON, at Archbishop Vining Memorial Church in Ikeja, Lagos. Before some people add salt and pepper to it, I need to state precisely what happened.
“SENATOR TOKUNBO ABIRU and DR TUNJI OLOWOLAFE and I had walked in about the same time, and we went to greet my very dear Sister, SENATOR MRS OLUREMI TINUBU… 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…
“Anyway, I went back to my seat and pondered on what just happened, and I soliloquised: “Before the PDP Primary, I had been asked repeatedly by journalists if I’ll dump PDP if I don’t get the ticket, and my answer was NO. So if I had gotten the PDP ticket, would I step down for TINUBU of APC? The answer is NO”
“I joined PDP because APC was leading Nigeria to Golgotha. APC candidates are promising to continue BUHARI’S “good works!” I joined PDP 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 could 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. I love PROFESSOR YEMI OSINBAJO. I love RT. HON. CHIBUIKE ROTIMI AMAECHI and all my APC friends. But 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.”