Chief Dele Momodu, a presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party and founder of Ovation Magazine International, believes he has a high chance of succeeding if popular hip-hop artists like Davido, Wizkid, Burnaboy, and Olamide back him up.
According to Momodu, top-rated singers have a significant following of youthful fans, who make up the majority of Nigeria’s voting population, and can mobilize the public to vote in large numbers for a candidate.
On Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday, the media mogul said this in response to a query on why many Nigerian youngsters do not vote in general elections.
“There are multiple layers of estrangement between the young and the old generations,” he remarked. They were raised to believe that nothing positive could ever come from Nigeria. They were taught to distrust politicians from an early age. That is why I am pleading with the PDP to recognize that they have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; you have a man who is neither too old nor too young, and who has a worldwide appeal. You don’t have to limit yourself to politicians.
“The youngest voters make up the majority of the electorate. Young people don’t vote because they don’t see a difference. If the PDP produces a guy or woman who they believe is just like them (politicians), they will just remark that “the devil we know is better than the devil we don’t,” so why not let APC continue?
“We need to reassure the youth that we are committed to improving Nigeria.” Don’t give up, is my message to my youthful friends. Imagine if Davido, Wizkid, Burnaboy, and Olamide all banded together and declared, “We throw our weight behind one candidate; a guy who we know is not a career politician; a man who has accomplished so much in his private life, I can assure you he will go far.”
Momodu blamed the country’s economic and security problems on bad leadership, saying that even as an individual, he had been reaching out to unhappy groups to ensure Nigeria’s unity.
“Governing Nigeria is not difficult,” he said. My appeal to our governors who are battling is that they unite as soon as possible because the situation we are in now is really hazardous. We were on the verge of breaking up, and it’s only God who has kept us together.
“While my co-contestants are accumulating delegates in the hopes of buying them with money and hijacking Nigeria for themselves and their cronies, I am the only one reaching out to Sunday Igboho and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, speaking to his lawyers.”