Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man has denied endorsing the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP Godwin Obaseki fo this year’s governorship election in Edo state.
The business mogul was reacting to some media reports that he had endorsed the current governor for a second term in office saying it was an attempt to tarnish his image as he is only focused on development, job creation and philanthropy and not politics.
In a statement released by his spokesman, Anthony Chiejina, he said his name and personality should not be drawn into any political campaign.
“This is the first time that I have seen people publicly campaign for electoral office using the name of my Boss and I have to stop it immediately so that others will not try it in future.
“The said interview allegedly granted by Aliko Dangote in Abuja is an outright falsehood, a malicious, irresponsible and mischievous act aimed at tarnishing my boss’s reputation. Aliko Dangote has not travelled out of Lagos since March 19, 2020.
“In fact, he said he has not crossed the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge since that date. His name and personality should not be drawn into any political campaign.
“Aliko Dangote is an entrepreneur and business leader whose focus is on development, job creation and philanthropy. He has not endorsed anyone for electoral positions in Edo or any other state of Nigeria,” Chiejina said.
The governorship election in Edo state is scheduled for September 19.
Dangote, had reportedly intervened in the crisis between the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, Governor, Obaseki without success.