Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has debunked reports that he is planning to form a new political party ahead of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
Obasanjo, debunked this on Sunday in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.
The former president said the report was unfounded and entirely untrue, adding that he is no longer interested in partisan politics.
The statement read, “the attention of former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been drawn to an unfounded report published in the news media.”
Obasanjo, who is currently in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a guest of President Ashraf Ghani has declared that the report is false, adding that the fabricated story hardly comes as a surprise because he has, for some time now, observed with bewilderment the efforts by some people to drag him into their political games.
In my part of the world, when you say goodnight in a place, you do not go back there and say good evening. The one who reported that may need to visit Yaba Left. And those who believe it can believe that their mothers are men,” the statement quoted Mr Obasanjo as saying.
“I’m done with partisan politics but by my position in Nigeria and in Africa and without being immodest and indeed in the world my door must be opened and it is open to any individual or group of individuals who want to seek my opinion, view or advice on any issue or matter and I will respond to the best of my ability, without being part of that individual or group”.
“If anything, Chief Obasanjo’s political party today is the party of Nigerians facing insecurity, unemployment, hunger, poverty, and various other challenging issues. It is the party of Nigeria which must be saved, kept wholesomely united in peace, security, equity, development, and progress,” he stated.
Obasanjo, therefore, warned those trying to use the backdoor in dragging him into partisan politics to desist, and respect his choice role as a statesman focusing on providing counsel support and solutions wherever possible.
“Let those who want to use the back door to force Chief Obasanjo to return to partisan politics respect his choice to remain a non-partisan statesman. On his part, the former President will continue to perform his role as a statesman focused on providing counsel, support, or solutions wherever possible in Nigeria, Africa and indeed the world.”