Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday reacted with a denial to a media report that he asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019 – saying he is free to contest another election.
A former Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Mr. Obasanjo, Alex Nwokedi, was said to have made the comment on behalf of the former President in an online publication.
In the online publication, Nwokedi was reported to have said Obasanjo warned President Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
However, in a statement made available to journalists, Obasanjo, while describing the comment as spurious and destructive, said the last time he communicated with Nwokedi was three years ago,
“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,” read a statement issued on behalf of the ex-president by Kehinde Akinyemi, his media aide.
“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 highest manner the story and those behind it. And for those behind it, they are simply enemies of democracy and freedom of expression.”