Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has denied endorsing Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for a second term.
He spoke through his spokesman, Anthony Chiejina. He described reports that he endorsed the governor as “outright falsehood” and “mischievous act” aimed at tarnishing his image.
According to Dangote, as a business leader, his focus is on development, job creation and philanthropy, not politics.
The said reports had claimed that he spoke to journalists in Abuja but he said he had not left Lagos since March 19, 2020.
The business mogul emphasised that he had not endorsed any political candidate in Edo or any other state in Nigeria.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Obaseki of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is among 14 candidates confirmed to participate in the governorship election scheduled for September 19, 2020.