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Politics of Tuesday, 7 February 2023


El-Rufai was my first choice for running mate in the 2011 election - Dele Momodu reveals

An old photo of Dele Momodu and El Rufai An old photo of Dele Momodu and El Rufai

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dele Momodu has made an interesting revelation about his presidential bid in 2011.

Speaking on Channel TV's flagship morning show, The Verdict 2023, Dele Momodu who contested the presidential elections in 2011 under the ticket of the National Conscience Party (NCP) said he considered picking Nasir El-Rufai as his vice presidential candidate.

"Nasir El-Rufai is a man I have watched very keenly. I consider myself a scholar and I see him more as a scholar and intellectual than a politician. In fact, when I contested in 2011, he was one of those I considered to be my running mate. That shows how much I admired him."

According to the election results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Dele polled 26,376 votes which ranked him 11th in the election log.

Since the election, Momodu said he returned to his business to prevent him to “join the growing list of serial contesters who contest and lose at every election.”

While the Ovation Magazine publisher still contributes to the discussion of national issues through his weekly column ‘The Pendulum’, he hinted that he is still available to serve the country.

“The day my country needs me, they would find me,” Momodu said.

On his career as a journalist, Momodu attributed his success to integrity.