A former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied claims that he is floating a political party.
He noted that reports of him picking three former Governors to help actualise the dream ahead of the 2023 general elections were false, describing the report in a national newspaper that he had formed a new party as false.
According to him, while the author of the falsehood may be a fitting candidate of “Yaba left”, while the people that believed the report “would also believe if told their mothers were men”.
Mr Obasanjo who is currently in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a guest of President Ashraf Ghani, denied the report in a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.
The statement read: “Upon hearing of this latest fabricated report, Chief Obasanjo said “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.
“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.
“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.”
By Abel Ejikeme