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Politics of Wednesday, 19 January 2022


I'll not be intimidated to support Tinubu’s presidential bid - Ojudu declares

Babafemi Ojudu Babafemi Ojudu

Babafemi Ojudu, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, has declared he will not support the Presidential ambition of All Progressives Congress leader (APC), Bola Tinubu.

He also debunked media reports that Tinubu made him successful, adding that, he was already a great publisher before meeting the former Lagos State governor.

Ojudu made this known in a statement titled, ‘Principled Political Choices are not Betrayal’

“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,” he said.

Ojudu also added that he could not support Tinubu for the Presidency, as his conscience would not let him do so, and he does not mind if he is being called a traitor.

“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!” said Ojudu.