Media mogul, Dele Momodu has on Thursday declared interest to run for the office of president in the 2023 election. The publisher made the declaration while handing his letter of interest to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyiorchia Ayu, during a meeting at the party's secretariat in Abuja. After the meeting, Momodu told journalists that his decision to vie for the Presidency was following deliberations with family, mentors and stakeholders, adding that Nigerians need to seek closure for the country's ugly past.
He said "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.
"I hasten to add that this is my personal decision, although I have received advice, encouragement and support from diverse quarters since I started my consultations.
"I urge the Party not to consider picking its candidate based on the usual considerations which had spectacularly failed our country in the past. The mood of the teeming youths, and indeed every patriotic Nigerian, who we need to come out en masse to vote for our party, aligns with this view.
"I invite our great party, PDP, to accept that it must search for a veritable flag bearer with the requisite leadership and visionary qualities that Nigerians now earnestly yearn for.
"I’m convinced that the time has come to seriously challenge and dislodge those politicians who have held our country to ransom by kidnapping, hijacking and destroying the future of our younger generation and generations yet unborn.
"I’m better prepared now than at the time of my first foray into the fray in 2011, and I am fully ready and certainly capable for the onerous tasks and responsibilities ahead".
He further noted that he will be not be intimidated by richer politicians.
I wish to place on record my firm promise and commitment not to be harassed, bullied or intimidated by anyone who feels he or she can buy the whole of Nigeria with loads of cash fraudulently and illegally filched and taken from the Nigerian people.”
”Nigeria deserves much better than where we are now, and my appeal to fellow Nigerians is that we should collectively rescue our dear country from the suffocating claws of slave masters, overlords and tyrants. I vociferously and vehemently reject any suggestion that Nigeria should continue to tread this dangerous path”.