By Lordson Okpetu
Successful businessman, journalist and former presidential candidate on the platform of National Conscience Party (NCP), Dele Momodu, has predicted the second coming of Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) as Nigeria’s president.
The veteran journalist, in an article titled, ‘The second coming of Goodluck Jonathan’, explained that nobody should rule out Jonathan coming out to contest the 2019 elections.
Momodu said Trump’s victory in the just-concluded US elections should bring Nigerians back to their senses that this is possible.
“I have been reading about the rising profile of our former President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, and wish to state without equivocation that no one should rule him out of the 2019 presidential race, ” Momodu stated.
“I first hinted this possibility about two months ago and wish to reiterate that Nigerians should prepare for the shock that awaits us,” he added.
Subtle warning to Buhari-led APC
Dele Momodu cited the case of US-president elect Donald Trump to warn the ruling party (APC) to sit up or risk losing out to Goodluck Jonathan in 2019. He said this is necessary so that the effort of those like him who fought to bring APC to power will not be in vain.
“The story of Donald Trump should bring us back to our senses. Nothing is impossible,” Momodu wrote.
“The second coming of Goodluck Jonathan may be so far-fetched or even belong in those categories of impossibilities. I, however, wish to plead with our government and my fellow citizens not to rule it out.
“As one of those who made our modest and humble contributions to the coming of this Buhari government, I’m pleading with trepidation,” he added.
Momodu blamed GEJ’s rising political profile on APC’s indecisiveness in resolving Nigeria’s problems.
He said Nigerians would have been ready to enter fire with Buhari, but that the ruling party is grappling with too many unresolved problems and challenges.
Momodu lamented that the excuses that Jonathan and company left Nigeria in a mess has refused to fly.
Loyalty is waning
“The same voices that chanted ‘Sai Baba’ and ‘Jonathan Must Go’ are now fiddling with the tunes of the possibility of Jonathan to stage a comeback. Here lies the irony of political triumph and the paradox of high expectations.
“The euphoria and momentum that saw the exit of Jonathan and the emergence of the Buhari change administration has since begun to wane following the inability of the new government to hit the ground running with the tenacity of a government in a hurry!
“There are many who believe that the poor management of the ensuing economic recession didn’t help matters.
“Suddenly, Nigerians who voted massively for change are now caught in a limbo between confusion and uncertainty,” Momodu added.