Ovation magazine publisher and business magnate, Dele Momodu has condemned Nyesom Wike’s statement alleging of an agreement by the Peoples Democratic Party to grant the party’s presidential ticket to the South ahead of the 2023 presidential polls.
Dele Momodu who stands as a chieftain within the PDP hierarchy denies Wike’s claims while speaking in an interview with Channels Television on Tuesday.
According to Momodu, there was no formal agreement beforehand by their party to zone the presidency to the South.
In a quote attributed to the celebrity journalist and politician, Momodu said;
“There was no formal agreement to allocate the presidency to the South. The PDP has been equitable in its treatment of the South. The PDP had President Obasanjo for 8 years, followed by President Goodluck Jonathan for 5 years, totaling 13 years.
“Out of 24 years, the PDP allocated the presidency to the South for 13 years. If Jonathan had won in 2015, it would have extended to 17 years. The Northern region never expressed grievances throughout this period.”
The business magnate went on to defend the PDP for standing behind its candidate, Abubakar Atiku as its flag-bearer in the polls, stating that the party has been loyal to the South for 13-years without the North making any issue out of it.
“If the PDP afforded us in the South the opportunity to have 17 years, of which we enjoyed 13, how can one individual insist that it is now mandatory to give the presidency to the South?”
Dele Momodu asserts that the former Rivers State governor’s call to have the Peoples Democratic Party presidential mandate go to the South, came off his personal interest, and the perception that no Southern candidate would have emerged a challenge for him in the party primaries.
“He is making this claim because he recognizes that there would be no formidable competition for the party’s primary election ticket from the South.”