Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied the report making the rounds that he is not supporting any candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
Obasanjo, who spoke through a statement released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Sunday, said it is malicious for anyone to suggest that he is neutral at this stage.
He stressed that he is not in support of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and wants him voted out.
The full statement read:
“While Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is in Cairo to attend the maiden edition of the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF), of which he is Chairman of the Advisory Council, his attention has been drawn to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) with the headline “Atiku: Obasanjo Shifts Political Gear to Neutral.”
It is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu Convention as a platform for political campaign but instead adopt a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu family,” .
“For the records, and as accurately reported by some media organisations, what the former president said at the convention in Iwo was that while he would not impress any candidates on them, Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who will drive growth and development and make their lives better than it is now.” Mr. Akinyemi said.
He further explained that Obasanjo’s statement did not mean neutrality stating that; “only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious.”
The former leader,who has declared his support for opposition presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said he would not sit on the fence adding that he stands in the best interest of Nigeria.
He maintained that he would continue to speak against poor governance and nobody should manipulate his stance on the 2019 presidential election.
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