I’m done with politics, no plan to float new party  -Obasanjo

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A former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has denied news published by the Vanguard newspapers that he has formed a new polical party ahead 2023 general elections, described the news as false.

This refutal was contained in a statement signed by his media aide, Mr Kehinde Akinyemi and made available to our correspondent.

The former President also described the story with the headline: ‘New Party Ahead of 2023: Obasanjo picks 3ex-govs as coordinators, meeting July 13’ published on July 4, as fabricated and recommended that the writer should have his brains checked.

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

He said that the fabricated story hardly came 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.

Distancing himself further from the story, 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 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.”

The statement further indicated that 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.”

He warned 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.”

Obasanjo said he would continue to perform his role as a statesman focused on providing counsel, support, or solutions wherever possible in Nigeria, Africa and indeed the world.

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