Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has debunked an online report quoting him as saying that he had warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
The report, which was credited to him through his former Chief Press Secretary, Alex Nwokedi, in an on-line publication, Post Nigeria, dated September 3, 2016, alleging that Obasanjo had warned President Muhammadu Buhari against seeking re-election in 2019.
The former President has described the report as “completely false and destructive by those behind it.”
On Sunday, the former President issued a statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, in Abeokuta stating that for the past three years, there has been no communication between him and Nwokedi and therefore wondered why such news would be attributed to him, as published by the on-line publication.
The statement read in part,
“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 could a story be credited to me when I did not authorise such or communicated 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.”