Obasanjo debunks forming new political party

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By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta

The former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has debunked forming a new political party, stating that the report he is done with partisan politics.

Chief Obasanjo, who is currently in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a guest of President Ashraf Ghani said the report is false, maintaining that there was no plan to float a new political party now or in near future.

Special Assistant on Media to the former President, Mr Kehinde Akinyemi, in a statement on Monday, said Chief Obasanjo was quoted to have said that the fabricated story hardly comes as a surprise because he has, for some time now, observed with bewilderment the efforts by some people to drag him into their political games.

The statement reads, “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 story 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.”