Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, denied plans to form a new political party ahead of the 2023 general elections, saying he’s through with politics.
Obasanjo stated this in reaction to media reports (Not FirstNews) that he, along with others, had begun plans to form a new political party.
The former president’s reaction was contained in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, titled, ‘Obasanjo Not Forming Political Party’.
According to Akinyemi, Obasanjo, who is currently in Kabul, Afghanistan as a guest of President Ashraf Ghani, has declared the report as false, maintaining, “No plan to float a new political party now or in the near future.”
The statement quoted Obasanjo as saying, “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 that 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.”
Obasanjo was elected Nigeria’s President between May 29, 1999, and May 29, 2007.
He had won the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party following Nigeria’s return to democratic rule after years of despotic military rule.
Obasanjo also ruled as Nigeria’s military head of state between February 13, 1976, and September 30, 1979.
Since he left office in 2007, Obasanjo, has continued to make his voice heard on major national and international issues ranging from insecurity to education and economy.