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More facts have emerged on why Africa’s richest man and conglomerate industrialist, Aliko Dangote, has shun rumoured moves by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), to give him free presidential ticket in 2019.
Analysts who had been following the experiences of stinkingly wealthy men, say if he (Dangote) falls to the game, chances are that he may end up ruining his hard-earned business empire and fail to the way and manner late MKO Abiola was lured into politics only for his wealth to dry up within few months.
Besides, pundits say even though the likes of leading investors like US president Donald Trump entered politics and are doing relatively well; it may not be the same for any rich businessman in climes like Africa and Nigeria in particular.
They agreed that Dangote made the best step by outrightly denying the report that officials of PDP think-tank programme set up by former President, Goodluck Jonathan have contacted him to be the party’s presidential flag bearer in 2019.
In an interview with a Nigerian Daily recently, he said “I am an entrepreneur. My passion is to create jobs for Nigerians and not otherwise”.
“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.
“This whole thing is an attempt by people who do not like me. They are doing all these with a view to putting me on a collision course with President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party. They are people who are jealous of the successes I have so far recorded in business.
“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.
“By the time the ongoing Dangote refinery in Lagos and the sugar projects come on stream fully, there will be a great positive development and thousands of jobs created that will change the narrative in the country. That is my passion,” Dangote assured.
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