Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria has denied an online report that he asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
Alex Nwokedi, Obasanjo’s former Chief Press Secretary was quoted recently in an online medium to have made a statement on behalf of the former president that he warned President Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
In a statement made available to journalists, Obasanjo denied ever making such statement, insisting there had been no communication between him and Nwokedi in the past three years.
“My belief is that democracy allowed 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,” the ex-president said.
“I have not communicated with Alex in the last three years, so how a story could be credited to me, when I did not authorize such or communicate with him in the last three years?”
“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,” he said.