Public commentators are experts in flying all sorts of kites. Last week, Ovation Publisher Dele Momodu, found the time to fly one of his.
Momodu is no stranger to these sorts of games and the public should be wiser to his schemes by now.
According to Momodu, Goodluck Jonathan who was voted out of office last year, will make a return to the ballot in 2019 and win.
Momodu wrote: “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. I first hinted this possibility about two months ago and wish to reiterate that Nigerians should prepare for the shock that awaits us.
“The story of Donald Trump should bring us back to our senses. Nothing is impossible. The second coming of Goodluck Jonathan may be so far-fetched or even belong in those categories of impossibilities but I 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”.
First off, there’s no “rising profile of former President Goodluck Jonathan” in the manner Momodu describes it.
Only Momodu should “prepare for the shock that awaits us”.
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And conflating the Trump phenomenon with another Jonathan Presidential run is a stretch; an overreach. It’s the stuff that shallow, paid-for public commentaries are made of.
Trump was an outsider who campaigned as an anti-establishment figure. His candidacy resonated with voters who saw in him a disdain for all that Washington has come to stand for.