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2023: Obasanjo Speaks On Endorsing Igbo Presidency


Ni2023: Obasanjo Speaks On Endorsing Igbo Presidencygeria Is Just A Country, Needs To Become A Nation - Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had denied backing the South East to produce the next president in the 2023 general elections.

Obasanjo made this known in a statement issued by his spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi, and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

The former leader was reacting to a report published by an online news platform that he has backed an Igbo man to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 and that the South East could develop the country if elected.

He was quoted to have said this while receiving a presidential aspirant and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mao Ohuabunwa, at his residence in Abeokuta on Thursday.

Reacting to the report, Obasanjo denied endorsing the South-East for the presidency or any aspirant for that matter ahead of the 2023 polls.

The former leader accused Ohuabunwa of being the brain behind the report and misquoting him to favour his presidential ambition.

Obasanjo said the PDP chieftain came to visit him and he received him as a gentleman and in the spirit of his 85th birthday celebrations and not to endorse him.

Akinyemi said, “If that was the way the presidential aspirant wanted to approach his ambition, such was a wrong way.

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“He came here and the former president received him as a gentleman and in the spirit of his 85th birthday celebrations only for him to go and put words into his mouth. Baba is not that sort of man and if that is the way he wants to fulfil his ambition, that is a wrong way.”

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