- Says I cannot even stop my children from contesting
Sheriff Balogun in Abeokuta
Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has described a report credited to him through his former Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Alex Nwokedi, in an online report claiming that he (Obasanjo) had warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019, as completely false and destructive by those behind it.
In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said there has not been any communication between him and Nwokedi in the last three years, wondering why any news would be attributed to him, as published by the online publication.
According to the former president, “My belief is that democracy allows for anybody including President Buhari for that matter, to contest any election and it is the prerogative rights of Nigerians to vote or not to vote for them.
“I have not communicated with Alex in the last three years, so how a story could be credited to me, when I did not authorised such or communicated with him in the last three years?” he queried.
Akinyemi however, stated in the statement, that nobody has the right not even me (Obasanjo), to advise my children not to seek for elective post. It is part of freedom of democracy.
“I condemn in the most highest manner the story and those behind it. And for those behind it, they are simply enemies of democracy and freedom of expression.”
Obasanjo said he was still committed to the peace and progress of the country’s democratic development, which he assured would bring relief in no distance future with patience and understanding of the country’s masses.