Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has debunked reports that he will run for the presidency under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 presidential election.
The African business mogul, made the denial in an interview with press men recently. He reacted to a report that officials of PDP think-tank programme organised by former President Goodluck Johnathan, had contacted him to be the party’s presidential flag bearer in 2019.
Dangote said: “I am an entrepreneur. My passion is to create jobs for Nigerians and not otherwise” I am not interested in politics and this is authoritative, no member of any think-tank committee has contacted me. People should stop dropping my name for the 2019 presidency.”
“This whole thing is an attempt by people who do not like me. They are doing all these with a view to putting me on a collision course with President Muhammadu Buhari, and the ruling party. They are the people who are jealous of the successes I have so far recorded in business.”
“My passion is for business development, provision of jobs and wealth creation, not politics. I have never shown interest in politics. I am not a politician. My passion has always been business and business.”
“Buhari is like a father to me. Nobody should try to set me on a collision course with President Buhari. That will not work. I have high regards and respect for the President.”
“For emphasis once again, I am not a politician. I can’t and won’t confront President Buhari. They should leave me out of any high wire politics and horse trading.”
“I also use this opportunity to warn name droppers to desist from their infamous act.