Africaâ€™s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has denied reports he will run for the presidency on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in 2019.
Dangote made the denial in an interview with Daily Times.
He was reacting to a report that officials of the PDP think-tank programme set up by former President, Goodluck Jonathan had contacted him to be the partyâ€™s presidential candidate in 2019.
â€œI am an entrepreneur. My passion is to create jobs for Nigerians and not otherwise,â€ Dangote told Daily Times.
â€œI am not interested in politics and this is authoritative. No member of any think tank committee has contacted me. People should stop dropping my name for the 2019 presidency.
â€œThis whole thing is an attempt by people who do not like me. They are doing all these with a view to putting me on a collision course with President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party. They are people who are jealous of the successes I have so far recorded in business.
â€œMy passion is for business development, provision of jobs and wealth creation, not politics. I have never shown interest in politics. Iâ€™m not interested in politics. I am not a politician. My passion has always been business and business.â€
The business mogul, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said: â€œBuhari is like a father to me. Nobody should try to set me on a collision course with President Buhari. That will not work. I have high regard and respect for the president.
â€œFor emphasis once again, I am not a politician. I canâ€™t and wonâ€™t confront President Buhari. They should leave me out of any high wire politics and horse trading.
â€œI also seize this opportunity to warn name droppers to desist from their infamous act. They should stop using my name for politics. They should not set me on collision course with President Buhari and the government in power.
â€œBy the time the ongoing Dangote refinery in Lagos and the sugar projects come on stream fully, there will be a great positive development and thousands of jobs created that will change the narrative in the country. That is my passion.â€