by ‘Damilola Oyedele [@damioyedele]
What do you get when you put a fiery filmmaker, her trusty friends and like-minded young people together with the opinionated national campaign manager of an unconventional presidential candidate? Lights, camera and action, of course!
In the course of his campaign, presidential candidate Bashorun Dele Momodu, has drawn parallels between himself and US President Barack Obama. Tweets from @TeamDeleMomodu, his official campaign handle, such as: ‘When this journey began, no one gave us a chance. Like the early days of Obama’s campaign, we were told we will not go past the primaries’, show that Momodu does not take comparison this lightly. Both are relatively young, and yes, both have been considered the underdog, but for most, that is the end of the similarity. Some have said that running for Senate would have been a more realistic goal for Momodu.
We’ll skip right to the juicy part.
In the wake of Saturday’s relatively peaceful and successful National Assembly elections, Nigerians were tweeting their hearts away, Momodu and his team inclusive. However, things came to a head yesterday after one of Amaize’s tweets.
‘Dele Momodu should have run for Senate. Who then is the Obama you have chosen for President?’ tweeted @MrFixNigeria, challenging @blazeotokpa, @kemiadetiba, @OvieO, and @segundemuren.
@segundemuren replied promptly. ‘We don’t have an Obama! And I haven’t yet made my decision but be clear, DM is no Obama!’ he said.
The filmmaker jumped in. ‘@kemiadetiba & @MisterBoulders endorse this statement!!’ she tweeted in reply to @segundemuren’s statement.
And the squabble began.
@MrFixNigeria: #BitterTruth: Obama never had the experience of building a global business like Dele Momodu. #PleaseDropTheObamaSuperiorityComplex!
@segundemuren: I have a HIGH respect for @delemomodu2011 but I have to say @MrFixNigeria , the way you go about with your exclamations, & your strategy, YOU are steadily building a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to ur campaign!!
@MrFixNigeria: Why would anyone compare Dele Momodu to Obama? Is it because this is not America? In America, Obama will give Dele Momodu his due respect.
@kemiadetiba: HAHAHAHA.. IF I SHOULD TALK…
@OvieO: @MrFixNigeria I understand @delemomodu2011 is d UNDERdog but u don’t hv 2 go OVERboard by questionin EVERY opinion or criticism. If ur aim is 2 endear him 2 d Nigerian youths, believe me, u’re doin d exact opposite.
@blazeotokpa: Also, life continues after elections…dont antagonize people
@MrFixNigeria: @blazeotokpa Funny enough, we’ve been friends. I’ve never had anything personal against any of you not supporting my candidate…But when people who are supposed to be your friends subject you and your work to public ridicule, I wonder if they remember there’s life after the elections.
@blazeotokpa: @MrFixNigeria Ohimai…I have never subjected your work to ridicule, I just said what crossed my mind, and as for the antagonism, I see
@MrFixNigeria: @blazeotokpa Coming from you, the tweet and retweets about Dele Momodu running for senate were your rightful opinions but I must say, they were ridiculous and totally uncalled for.
While the heated conversations went on, young Nigerians continued tweet and retweet at Amaize. @Chude attempted to put out the fire. ‘Beating up on @MrFixNigeria: i dont think it’s a very productive – or fair – thing to do. He has a right to believe in his candidate.’
@kemiadetiba was having none of it. ‘TRUE!! He does… but what has happened is that HE beats on everyone else that REMOTELY has an opposing opinion … and I just got a ‘supposed’ official response which I will have to take up! Right NOW, im BOILING!!!’ she replied.
‘Ppl don’t av issues wt him, except 4 d attitude. Som sense of maturity wld av earned him some respect even if DeleMomodu lost.’ @toyinsanwo tweeted in agreement.
@eggheader had some stern reproof for Amaize. ‘Guy, serious campaign managers are collating results of NASS, determining strength & strategizing for saturday. Quit rants!’
Others continued to mock the Momodu/Obama equivalence.
@NaijaGalWonder: who wil b so crazy to compare DELE MOMODU WIT OBAMA…haba na!! Some nigerians cn lik 2chop cane.
@AO1379: I’ve been told the only area Bob Dee will outperform Mr Obama is on a weight scale.
Dele Momodu and his team clearly refused to be undeterred. From his personal handle, @DeleMomodu2011, tweeted: ‘Reading the ‘Dele Momodu’ tweets on Twitter is sheer comedy in its purest form. Nigerians just have a wonderful sense of humour!’ And from his campaign handle, @TeamDeleMomodu, we saw this tweet: ‘Americans are already warming up for a Donald Trump as president while some Nigerians are still rationalising why Dele Momodu should wait.’
First Obama, now Trump? Don’t get them started again o! #okbye