I’ve no candidate for 2019 – Obasanjo
He said he would rather remain an elder statesman having a passion for a greater Nigeria
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said he has no candidate for any political office in 2019.
Obasanjo said said this on Wednesday at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential library, Abeokuta, Ogun State when he received a youth group from Delta State, led a governorship aspirant, Frank Esanubi.
Obasanjo said his decision not to participate in partisan politics was taken in 2015.
He said he would rather remain an elder statesman having a passion for a greater Nigeria, hence his decision to spearhead the Coalition of Nigeria Movement.
He said, “In the year 2015, I said I would no longer participate in partisan politics.
“And I still stand by my decision.
“Everybody, irrespective of his or her political affiliation, is free to come here for advice.
“I will gladly do that.
“I have no candidate whatsoever for any political office.
“I just believe that things must be done differently in Nigeria to get different result.
“If you study our transitions since the colonial era, they have all taken place without taking the people at the grassroots into consideration.
“So, the CNM is about the people at the grassroots.
“It is a socio-economic movement where youth and women, especially, will be given an opportunity to appreciate their interests and power.
“Unlike before, I believe we must put the Ox before the cart.
“If the system and the platform sync, I believe Nigeria will get there.
“And like I said, the moment the coalition gets involved in candidate sponsoring or participates in partisan politics, I will opt out of it.”
Esanubi said his group was in Abeokuta to visit the former president to brief him on their resolve to heed his call for Nigerians to come together under the CNM to build a better Nigeria.