Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has denied the online report that he warned President Muhammed Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
Alex Nwokedi, the ex-president’s chief press secretary (CPS), was said to have made the comment on his behalf.
Describing the report as completely false and destructive, Obasanjo said the last time he communicated with Nwokedi was three years ago.
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?”
Obasanjo said he could not even stop any of his children not to seek elective post, because that was part of the freedom of democracy.
It read further, “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.”
Obasanjo said that he was still committed to the peace and progress of the country’s democratic development.
He assured Nigerians that with patience, the current democratic experience would bring relief to the masses.