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Dele Momodu proclaims his candidacy for the presidency in 2023.

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Dele Momodu proclaims his candidacy for the presidency in 2023.

Dele Momodu, the founder of Ovation Magazine, has joined the increasing list of hopefuls vying to replace President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

He made his announcement on Thursday at the PDP’s national offices after delivering his letter of intent to the party’s National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, who urged him to seek party members’ support.

The former Labour Party (LP) member and National Conscience Party (NCP) presidential candidate joined the PDP in October,2021.

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He stated he joined the biggest opposition party to help save the country from the APC’s stranglehold (APC). He also apologised for helping Buhari win in 2015.

Mr Momodu was among the Nigerian elite who strongly canvassed both online and offline against the 16 years rule of the PDP and the re-election bid of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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However, in his Thursday interview with journalists at the PDP secretariat, Mr Momodu registered his commitment to the party as well as his determination to stick to his ambition all through to the end.



He said he is better prepared for the country’s topmost seat and is determined not to give up on his ambition, even for any of his fellow aspirants “who thinks he can buy the whole of Nigeria with his money.”

“I have been greatly humbled by the excitement already generated which reminds me of how it was 29 years ago when your good friend and my own adopted father, Chief Moshood Abiola, threw his hat in the ring.

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“It is very obvious that Nigerians are eager to restore that promise of hope and the accompanying peace and joy that we lost,” he said, adding that Nigeria needs urgent reset and total redirection.

Aside from Mr Momodu, Nigeria’s former Senate President, Pius Anyim, has also officially declared interest in the presidential race. He made his intention known days back as his supporters in the South-east intensified campaign.

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The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, about two weeks ago, also endorsed Mr Anyim’s presidential bid.

There are also strong indications that a former Vice President and 2019 presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, the immediate past Senate President, Bukola Saraki,and a former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, may join the race for the PDP presidential ticket.

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The party has yet to zone the presidency to any of the country’s geo-political zones but there is a possibility that the ticket will be thrown open to all interested aspirants to contest.

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