A former Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Dele Momodu, has recounted what transpired between himself and Senator Remi Tinubu at the funeral of an All Progressives Congress chieftain, Kemi Nelson, in Lagos.
Momodu who is a close friend of the APC presidential flagbearer, Bola Tinubu, met his wife, Remi, at the funeral service held at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Church in Ikeja, Lagos.
The Ovation Magazine publisher in a terse statement posted on his verified Instagram page via @delemomoduovation on Friday said he needed to state precisely what happened “before some people add salt and pepper to it.”
Momodu said aside from the photographers only two people witnessed the incident that happened between him and the All Progressives Congress standard bearer, Bola Tinubu’s wife.
He wrote, “Only two people, apart from the photographers, witnessed what happened between me and Senator Oluremi Tinubu yesterday, at the funeral service of Chief Kemi Nelson, at (the) Archbishop Vining Memorial Church in Ikeja, Lagos.
“Before some people add salt and pepper to it, I need to state precisely what happened…
“Senator Tokunbo Abiru and Dr Tunji Olowolafe and I had walked in about the same time and we went to greet my very dear sister, Senator Oluremi Tinubu. Immediately she saw me, we exchanged our usual pleasantries and then she asked me, ‘So Bob Dee, you’re not going to campaign for my husband…?’ I smiled and remained very calm before replying: ‘Your Excellency, I’m in PDP…’ She apparently didn’t find it funny and regaled us with the past I shared with her husband and I tried to calm her down.
“Anyway, I went back to my seat and pondered on what just happened and I soliloquised: ‘Before the PDP Primary, I had been asked repeatedly by journalists if I’ll dump (the) PDP if I don’t get the ticket, my answer was NO. So if I had gotten the PDP ticket, would I step down for Tinubu of (the) APC, the answer is No.’
“I joined (the) PDP because the APC was leading Nigeria to Golgotha. The APC candidates are promising to continue Buhari’s ‘good works!’ I joined the PDP in order to sack APC from power and to do this I needed a strong opposition party. I had preached to my younger friends that only a mainstream party like the PDP can achieve this in 2023.
“This remains my conviction. I practise what I preach. Those who disagree are in other parties and I respect their opinions and wish them well. I’m in PDP.”