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How El-Rufai turned down being my presidential running mate in 2011 – Dele Momodu



Nigerian journalist/publisher and businessman, Dele Momodu has revealed how Governor Nasir El-Rufai declined being his running mate in 2011 presidential election.


Momodu who disclosed that he was inspired by Barack Obama to contest in the election, described it as a misplaced hope as he contested and lost. He added that he gained an insight of politicians not being able “to win without the ticket of a major political party.”


Momodu tweeted;


In 2010, I had wanted MALLAM NASIR EL RUFAI to be my running mate during the 2011 Presidential race but he declined. We later met at an event hosted by GOVERNOR BABATUNDE RAJI FASHOLA at the Onikan Stadium

In 2011, Nigeria was still peaceful… I was inspired by OBAMA to think of contesting Presidential election in Nigeria but it was a misplaced hope as I contested and lost but gained an insight; it is almost impossible to win without the ticket of a major political party!!


In 1993, Momodu joined the Moshood Abiola Presidential Campaign Organization. Momodu was arrested and detained at Alagbon Close in Lagos, after the annulment of the 12 June Presidential election by General Ibrahim Babangida and was severely punished by the reigning dictatorship for his pro-democratic views but was undeterred.

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