Dele Momodu, a publisher and journalist, has returned to politics and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s largest opposition party.
Mr. Momodu announced his defection in a statement on Friday, citing the need to contribute meaningfully to the country’s growth as the reason for his choice.
“I have consulted widely. And it is clear to me that given the dangerous and disastrous drift that our nation has experienced in the past six years, the only party from which amends can be made to rectify our situation is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he added.
“This accords with my vehement opposition to the policies and practices of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its leadership, which has denuded our country of everything we hold dear – national unity, cohesion, security, economic prosperity, educational advancement, social infrastructure, and above all, our cherished moral values.
“For these reasons, I am happy to declare that I am now a full-fledged participating member of the great and patriotic Peoples Democratic Party.
He accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of failing to provide democratic dividends to Nigerians, claiming that the PDP’s 16-year administration has yielded significant successes.
“It is deeply saddening and regrettable that some of the biggest and landmark achievements recorded under the PDP administration have been diluted, wasted, or diminished by the present APC government,” he added.