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Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, has denied reports he will run for the Presidency on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), in 2019.


Dangote made the denial in an interview with Daily Times.

He was reacting to a report that officials of PDP think-tank programme set up by former President, Goodluck Jonathan have contacted him to be the party’s presidential torch bearer in 2019.

“I am an entrepreneur. My passion is to create jobs for Nigerians and not otherwise”, Dangote told Daily Times.

“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.”

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  1. The man with a GOLDEN HEART. pls keep it up. After over 30years. None of these politician have been able to build one refinery. Even those that were President twice. They couldn't even maintain the available ones. But a single private individual has proved its possible. Those that used the talents given them well receives even more talents. May God increase ur abilities Sir.

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    1. The Presidents that you mentioned that ruled twice built the refinery and laid thousands of petroleum pipelines across Nigeria. By the time they came back as a civilian Presidents these National assets have been destroyed by Nigerians who bankrupted them. Obasanjo was President and Buhari was the Petroleum Minister when these refineries were built in the 70's.No civilian president without military background ever built a thing but supervised the destruction and collapse of the ones built by these President you mentioned who ruled(ruling) twice. Know your History... That is if you ever did history in school.

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