Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has refuted reports that he would run for 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The business mogul told Daily Times that he was not prepared to veer into politics, contrary to a report by the same medium.
“I am an entrepreneur. My passion is to create jobs for Nigerians and not otherwise”, he said.
“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,” Dangote added.
He said the report was orchestrated by people who do not like him in an attempt to destroy his relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said such people were jealous of jealous of the successes he has so far recorded in business.
He said, “My passion is for business development, provision of jobs and wealth creation, not politics. I have never shown interest in politics. I’m not interested 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 regard 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 seize this opportunity to warn name droppers to desist from their infamous act. They should stop using my name for politics. They should not set me on collision course with President Buhari and the government in power.”
He said there will be great positive development and thousands of jobs created that would change the narrative in the country when the ongoing Dangote refinery in Lagos and the sugar projects come on stream fully.