Partisan Politics: I Still Stand By My Decision – Obasanjo

FORMER President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has reaffirmed his earlier stand that he has left the scene of partisan politics in the country.

Mr. Obasanjo confirmed his earlier stance when he played host to a youth group from Delta State, led by a governorship aspirant, Frank Ufuoma Esanubi, at his Presidential Library, Abeokuta on Wednesday.

He had last month in an open letter advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term in office.

Citing underperformance as his major reason for his highly critical epistle, he noted that it was not meant to disrespect the office of the president or embarrass him, but to articulate his views about the situations in the country and offer his candid advice.

Obasanjo recently launched what he called a socio-political movement, Coalition For Nigeria, emphasizing that he would cease to be a member of the organization the moment it becomes partisan.

The move by the former Nigerian leader has been described in some quarters as another attempt to foist on Nigerians his preferred candidate.

But speaking during the courtesy visit, the former president noted that he does not have a preferred candidate for the coming general election.

“In the year 2015, I said I would no longer participate in partisan politics. And I still stand by my decision.

“I have no candidate, whatsoever, for any political office. I just believe that things must be done differently in Nigeria to get different result,” he said.

He, however, warned Nigerians against repeating “the past mistakes,” adding that the process and system that would produce quality leaders in the country must be right and inclusive.

Earlier, Esanubi said his group’s visit to Obasanjo was to pay homage and intimate him on their resolve to heed his clarion call for Nigerians to come together under the CNM, for a better Nigeria. Esanubi said professionals have left politics in the hands of less qualified persons under the guise that politics is a dirty game.