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Dangote debunks endorsement of Obaseki ahead Edo governorship poll

By Abubakar Zaharadden, Kano 

The Chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has debunked reports that he endorsed Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Godwin Obaseki, ahead of the September gubernatorial election in Edo State.

Dangote said that the reports that he endorsed Obaseki, the incumbent governor of Edo state, were written to drag him into politics even after emphasizing his apolitical stance and desire to remain an entrepreneur.

The Group Chief Corporate Communications Officer for Dangote Group, Anthony Chiejina, in a statement on Sunday, said the report, Edo Guber: Dangote endorses Godwin Obaseki for the second tenure, was an outright falsehood and a figment of the imagination of the writers.

Chiejina, while stating that the industrialist never granted any interview of such, hinted that Dangote had over three months ago decided not to travel and has remained within Lagos.

“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”.
“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 traveled 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.
“We caution the public to ignore claims from any quarter that associate the Dangote name or brand with partisan politics”,Chiejina added.

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