Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Wednesday, declared that he was not backing any candidate for political office in 2019.
Rather, he would remain an elder statesman with passion for a greater Nigeria.
Obasanjo, who added that his Coalition for Nigeria (CN) movement was to galvanise the people to appreciate their interests and power, noted that transitions that had taken place in the country since independence neglected the people at the grassroots.
He spoke during a courtesy visit by a youth group from Delta State, led a governorship aspirant, Frank Ufuoma Esanubi, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
Obasanjo disclosed that his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari was not meant to disrespect the Office of the President or embarrass the President, but to articulate his views about the situations in the country and offer his candid advice.
The former president added that his statement was well thought out and not based on frivolities, saying as a former president, he could not hold the Office of the President in contempt.
Obasanjo, however, reiterated that the Coalition for Nigeria would remain a socio-political movement, insisting that he would cease to be a member of the Coalition the moment it becomes partisan.
Earlier, Esanubi said his group’s visit to Obasanjo was to pay homage to him and intimate him on their resolve to heed his clarion call for Nigerians to come together under the CNM, for a better Nigeria.