I’m not supporting anyone 2019 poll, Obasanjo says

Obasanjo advocates increased trade among ECOWAS Nations

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said that he is not supporting anyone for the 2019 polls.

Obasanjo said he still stands by his decision in 2015 to quit partisan politics and be a statesman.

Obasanjo gave this indication while receiving a youth group from Delta State at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex in Abeokuta.

The former president, however, said he will always be available to offer advice to anyone, who approaches him, irrespective of the person’s political affiliation.

He explained that his open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari is not aimed at disrespecting or embarrassing the office of the president especially as a former president.

Obasanjo said, “In the year 2015, I said I would no longer participate in partisan politics. And I still stand by my decision. Everybody, irrespective of his or her political affiliation is free to come here for advice, I will gladly do that.

“I have no candidate, whatsoever, for any political office. I just believe that things must be done differently in Nigeria to get different result.

“If you study our transitions since the colonial era, they have all taken place without taking the people of the grassroots into consideration. So, CNM is about the people at the grassroots. It is a socio-economic movement where youth and women, especially, will be given opportunity to appreciate their interests and power. Unlike before, I believe we must put the horse before the cart.

“If the system and the platform sync, I believe Nigeria will get there. And like I said, the moment the coalition gets involved in candidate sponsoring or participates in partisan politics, I will opt out of it.”

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