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2019 Presidential Poll: I’m Not Neural, Only A Fool Will Sit On Fence – Obasanjo

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

Ex Nigeria President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said that he had never said that he is neutral in the political build up to the 2019 Presidential election, saying that only a fool would sit on the fence.

In a statement today, Sunday, through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said that he wasn’t in support of President Buhari, adding: “it is disingenuous, if not malicious, for anyone to suggest that Chief Obasanjo was being neutral when he chose not to use the Owu Convention as a platform for political campaign but instead adopt a communal and familial approach in talking to members of his Owu family,” .

According to the statement: “for the records, and as accurately reported by some media organisations, what the former president said at the convention in Iwo was that while he would not impress any candidates on them, Nigerians should vote for credible candidates who will drive growth and development and make their lives better than it is now.” 

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It said that Obasanjo’s statement did not mean neutrality, adding: “only a fool will sit on the fence or be neutral when his or her country is being destroyed with incompetence, corruption, lack of focus, insecurity, nepotism, brazen impunity and denial of the obvious.”

The statement stressed that the former leader still stands in the best interest of Nigeria, even as Obasanjo is said to vow to continue to speak against poor governance and that nobody should manipulate his stance on the 2019 presidential election.