Dele Momodu decries highest bidders phenomenon in Nigerian politics, says it engenders corruption.

Bashorun Dele Momodu
Bashorun Dele Momodu

Bashorun Dele Momodu, Publisher of Ovation Magazine and a frontline Nigerian socialite and nationalist  has decried the system whereby Nigeria politicians, seeking political posts are being asked to pay millions of Naira as deposit claiming such request create the dangerous appetite for public money embezzlement on attaining their positions.

Submitting his official letter of request for the Labour Party’s Presidential candidacy in the 2011 election, Bashorun Momodu said such policy adopted by many parties apart from from creating the wrong atmosphere for a corruption free polity, it is capable of sidelining qualified candidates who may not be able to afford such disgraceful sums.

The letter which officially passed the ‘I do’ message to Labour party was presented to the National Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Iwuanyanwu, at the party headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Publisher extolled the great vision of the LP under its current leadership as the last hope of the common man “unlike some other parties that had been taken over and corrupted by the highest bidder phenomenon”.

Momodu, who was accompanied by his campaign manager, Mr. Godwin Amaize, and other members of his campaign officials, was received at the headquarters by Iwuanyanwu; Deputy National Chairman, Alhaji Ali Abacha; and National Secretary, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkadir Salam.

Presenting the two-page letter and other documents, Momodu said he had been a very loyal member of the Labour Party since he met Iwanyawu in Abuja early last year. He added that he was deeply encouraged by his vision of making the Party the hope of ordinary Nigerians who have been yearning for good governance and accountability.

He said, “The time has now come for all members of our party to pick the right candidate who can fulfill the dreams and aspirations of Nigerians.

“And we must stand out as a party of the common man and not that of the highest bidders who are on the prowl to buy up any available party”.

“It is for this reason and purpose that I humbly present myself as the perfect choice for this important mission”, he said.

Enumerating his profile, Momodu stated that he is a fresh blood and has not been tainted by political appointments or public office abuse

In his response, Iwuanyanwu commended Momodu’s courage, foresight and vision and described him as a loyal and financial party member since he joined LP early last year.

He also noted that by his letter, Momodu was the first member of the party who had so far officially declared his aspiration to be the party‘s presidential flagbearer in the 2011 election.

Also on Wednesday, the Dele Momodu Presidential Campaign Organisation released its official logo and slogan for the campaign.

Source: Punch Newspapers.