The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojudu, says he cannot in good conscience support the 2023 Presidential ambition of APC national leader Bola Tinubu.
Ojudu, who represented Ekiti Central in the Senate from 2011 to 2015, has been labelled a traitor by some associates and followers of Tinubu.
In his response, Ojudu says he simply doesn’t care.
“The idea that everyone who has related with Tinubu and disagrees with him on this presidential bid is a traitor and a betrayer is puerile. Many of us, his associates, were not made by him as you also want the world to believe.
“We were already made before meeting him and in the course of relating we gave one another a helping hand. As far back as 1992 when I came to know him I was already one of the editors of a popular news magazine with a good standing too in the civil society,” Ojudu writes in a statement.
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He adds that this wouldn’t be the first time in his political journey that he would be going against the grain or disagreeing with friends politically.
“On this matter of 2023 I wish him well but I cannot in good conscience give him my support or cast my vote for him in the coming primary. It is my right. I am above 60 years of age for God sake. I almost died seeking these inalienable democratic rights, held up in detention and severally tortured. Your god is not my god.
“Let no one think he can browbeat or blackmail me to do what does not go with my conscience or my ideals. Enough of your phone threats and embarrassment of my family members!”
On January 10, 2022, Tinubu informed President Buhari of his presidential ambition, while adding that he’s done with playing the role of kingmaker.