Publisher of Ovation Magazine and foremost Thisday Columnist, Mr Dele Momodu has opened up on why he supported the candidacy of General Muhammadu Buhari back in 2015 during the electioneering campaign against the incumbent Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr Momodu said the then President, Goodluck Jonathan and his party, PDP, did not leave us much options and it seemed there was only one logical and rational way to go, no matter how unpalatable, and that was Buhari and his APC.
Making the revelation in his Saturday Column with the title, “The Hurdles Nigerian Youths Must Cross By 2019”, he said many people have been asking him why he supported the General turned politician in 2015 and his purpose was to give a veritable response to all Nigerian citizens.
Dele Momodu said, “Why did I support Muhammadu Buhari to be President in 2015? The answer is simple and straight forward. The then President, Goodluck Jonathan and his party, PDP, did not leave us much options and it seemed there was only one logical and rational way to go, no matter how unpalatable, Buhari and his APC.”
Continuing Momodu added that the Buhari led APC seemed the only risk and gamble worth taking. as graft and ‘profligacy was at its highest. Corruption was rife. Insecurity was widespread, the economy was in shambles, the currency was in freefall and the malaise and rot was just all pervading.”
Momodu wrote that as at then, “Buhari was himself attractive, not only because of his famed incorruptible stance but also as a stopgap, if only to arrest the deepening sense of gloom and doom in the polity. Buhari became an interlude. We needed a father-figure to rescue us from a rampaging foe.”
The Publisher confessed that APC was never his party, adding that like him, “majority of those who supported Buhari did so out of acute frustration. And, as with me, they did not belong to his party. They were encouraged by Buhari’s no-nonsense pedigree. Even if they did not consider him perfect, they believed he would be more disciplined, prudent and focused. The only thing we probably forgot was the fact that Buhari would never possess in a democratic setting the same powers he wielded as a dictatorial Head of State. We did not consider how encumbered he would be in his second coming.”
Momodu gave the reason why he will not support Buhari in 2019, “Will I support Buhari in 2019? Let me say I doubt. My reason won’t be on account of incompetence but because I don’t think it would be fair for men of that generation to continue to hold Nigeria by the jugular.”