Ahead of 2023 presidential election, veteran journalist and media mogul, Dele Momodu, and the President, Association of Corporate Governance Professionals, Sam Ohuabunwa, have separately met with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership and declare their intention to vie for the oval seat and succeed President Muhammadu Buhari next year.
Declaring their intention before the PDP National Chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, in Abuja on Thursday, both aspirants noted that their decision to join the 2023 presidential race is to restore lost hope and work for the benefit of the Nigerian masses.
Momodu, who was a former presidential candidate, urged the party leadership to consult widely before choosing the PDP’s flag bearer, noting that 2023 offers the main opposition party the golden opportunity to seek the to reposition the country through the right candidate.
In his response, Ayu told the Ovation Magazine Publisher that winning the presidential seat requires quality ground work across grassroots and that there was need to build strong, and virile party that can wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Addressing Momodu, he said, “for you to run for office, you must have a strong platform but the first responsibility I will charge you to do is to work hard and build a strong party which we can go into battle with.
“For your personal ambition like all other candidates, I wish you well, I wish you the best. There will be a level playing ground for all aspirants; we don’t have a special candidate, we don’t have preferred candidate, the party members will decide who will contest any office.
“If at the end of the day, party members vote for you that you are the one they want, the party will stand behind you. You have to go out and work out there among the party members across the country because the party leadership will not do it for you. Our job is to try and provide the necessary mechanism.”